Harriet Lane Johnston

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Harriet Lane Johnston (1830-1903) was President James Buchanan’s niece and ward, and served as hostess of the White House during Buchanan’s administration. Orphaned at age eleven, she was raised by her uncle, but came into her own as a strong presence in the White House. In 1903 she earned the affectionate nickname “First Lady of the National Collection of Fine Arts” when she gave her art collection to the “national art gallery,” which Congress decided should be part of the Smithsonian Institution.

Title
Harriet Lane Johnston
Artist
Date
1878
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
4 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (12.1 x 8.9 cm) oval
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of May S. Kennedy

Mediums
Mediums Description
watercolor on ivory
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Johnston, Harriet Lane – bust
  • Occupation – art – collector
Object Number
1928.1.1
Palette
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