Can you see what the Washington family is admiring on the table? It is a map of Washington D.C. This print was made in 1798, so the City was still under construction. Congress held its first session there on November 17,1800. But the commissioners in charge of construction had decided on September 9, 1791 to name the City after the first president.
To see more portraits of presidents, visit our Digital Library Featured Gallery of "The Presidents of the United States." It is composed of images from our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
In fact, every day until Presidents' Day on Monday, February 18, HSP will post an image of a presidential document on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to be one of the first to see and share the images with your students!