George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait) by Gilbert Stuart / Oil on canvas, 1796 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

George Washington (Lansdowne Portrait) by Gilbert Stuart / Oil on canvas, 1796 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired as a gift to the nation through the generosity of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation

America's Presidents

Ongoing
Second floor

The nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, this exhibition lies at the heart of the Portrait Gallery’s mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.

Visitors will see an enhanced and extended display of multiple images of all the United States presidents, including Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington, and whimsical sculptures of Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush by noted caricaturist Pat Oliphant. Presidents Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt are given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office. Presidents from FDR to Bill Clinton are featured in a video component of the exhibit.

  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition - Landsdowne portrait of George Washington
  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition - Lincoln portrait
  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition - Lincoln life masks
  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition - JFK portrait
  • View of the America's Presidents exhibition - Jimmy Carter portrait and others