James Monroe Moves into VA Governor’s Mansion

James Monroe, attributed to Rembrandt Peale

On February 16, the museum’s portrait of James Monroe, attributed to Rembrandt Peale, was installed in the State Dining Room at the Virginia Governor’s Mansion in Richmond. The portrait will be loaned to the Mansion for two years in commemoration of the bicentennial of the building’s construction.

In 1811, during his fourth term as governor, Monroe signed legislation authorizing the construction of a gubernatorial residence, so this loan is a fitting celebration both for us and for the Mansion. It is sure to increase awareness of Monroe and his achievements, and of the James Monroe Museum!

View a slideshow of the portrait’s installation.

Read our press release about the loan.