Front View of Thomas House

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Ladies of the White House:
Abigail Smith Adams

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Abigail Smith Adams

Abigail Smith Adams
President John Adams
Portrayed by Eloise Berline

The Adams’ lived in Philadelphia until the last few months of the administration which were spent in the partially completed “President’s House” in Washington, D.C. The newly established capital was a dismal village, almost rural. She organized social events for the for the community with difficulty and hung her wash in the unfinished audience room because there was no drying yard. She was a strong individual with interest in politics, morals, and women’s rights. Many thought she had the qualifications to be president.

She is wearing a sapphire-blue daytime gown of heavy Canton crepe. The bodice is fitted and boned with diagonally-tucked matching satin running from the shoulder to the basque waistline. The leg of mutton sleeves are cuffed with neckline lace also seen in the fichu which is caught in front with a brooch. The straight cut skirt features a twenty-inch border of Chinese embroidery.

View of Gown

View of Gown

View of BodiceS

View of Bodice

View of Chinese Embroidery

View of Chinese Embroidery

View of Gown

View of Gown

View of Gown

View of Gown













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