In 1961, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy expressed her “deepest appreciation” to the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association for the loan of this looking glass to the White House as a part of the campaign to refurnish it with historically significant antiques. This may not have been the first occasion upon which it graced the halls of state. According to family tradition, it once hung in the executive mansion in Philadelphia during George Washington’s presidency. It is one of two mirrors with a Washington association that descended in the Peale family. See also W-291.





Walnut veneer (primary), gilt, gesso, glass


Overall (H x W x D): 57 1/2 in. x 29 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. (146.05 cm x 74.93 cm x 44.45 cm)


Purchased with funds donated by the Detroit Mount Vernon Society, 1891

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