• Photograph by Durston Saylor
  • Gilbert Stuart (American painter, 1755-1828)
  • John 

Singleton Copley (American painter, 1738-1815)
  • Thomas Moran (English-born American painter, 1837-1926)
  • Allan 

Greenberg (South African-born, American architect, b. 1938)
  • Curator of Collections, directing instillations in 

the Benjamin Franklin 

State Dining Room.
celebrating the 

The Diplomatic Reception Rooms are among the most beautiful rooms in the world.  For fifty years, the art of diplomacy has thrived in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms against a stunning backdrop of American art and architecture from the time of our country’s founding and of its formative years.  This historically evocative suite (42 rooms) contains a museum-caliber collection of American fine and decorative art (5,000 objects) from the period of 1750-1825. 
Today, the Secretary of State, Vice President, and Members of Cabinet continue to conduct the essential business of diplomacy in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms.  In these State Rooms, the United States signs treaties, conducts summit negotiations, hosts swearing-in ceremonies, facilitates trade agreements, and promotes peace.  

Collection Highlights



Dressing Table

Only approximately a dozen Newport dressing tables are known, far fewer than the number of related high chests.

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