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Paintings in the Treasury Collection

19th century allegorical oil painting

In addition to the Secretary of the Treasury portraits, the Department possesses a diverse group of original paintings pertaining to the history of the Treasury Building and Department. Like the antique furnishings and historic artifacts, the artwork is displayed in restored rooms, public spaces and executive offices. Periodically, small exhibitions are organized in the Treasury Building to illustrate particular aspects of Treasury's history and the diversity of the collection.

 
  • Detail of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln
    The history of the U.S. Treasury and the Treasury building next to the White House have significant links to the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. A 19th century portrait of Lincoln is part of the Treasury Collection.
  • Detail of a portrait of Jay Cooke  The history of the U.S. Treasury and the Treasury building next to the White House have significant links to the life and presidency of Abraham Lincoln. A 19th century portrait of Lincoln is part of the Treasury Collection
  • Detail of a portrait of Robert Morris
    In 1781 Robert Morris proposed a plan to Congress for a National Bank for the country. Once the plan was approved, Morris was appointed to direct its operation. In 1789 Morris declined President Washington's offer to be the first Secretary of the Treasury suggesting Alexander Hamilton for the ​position instead. 
  • Detail of a portrait of Stephen Girard
    An important Philadelphia banker and financier, Girard helped provide the U.S. Treasury with a means to finance the costs of the War of 1812. He is associated with the early 19th century national banks in Philadelphia and the founding of Girard College
  • Detail of a WPA painting from the Treasury Collection
    The Treasury Collection of art includes 61 paintings and prints created under the artists relief programs of the New Deal under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In addition to the more widely known WPA program there were three other artists programs that were operated out of the Treasury Department.
 
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