Admission is free on Feb. 22 for George Washington’s birthday. Admission tickets will be distributed on-site upon arrival.

Here’s your chance to Pose Like the Prez. Celebrities from Taylor Swift to Hope Solo have struck George Washington’s famous pose from the Lansdowne portrait, and now it’s your turn. Visit Mount Vernon and pose for your picture in front of our own life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart’s Lansdowne painting.



Upload your photo to Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #PoseLikethePrez.

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Show us your best pose!

Visit George Washington's Mount Vernon on February 13, 14, 15, or 22 and strike a presidential pose in front of our lifesize Lansdowne painting. Upload your photo to Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #PoseLikethePrez for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

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Download the Lansdowne painting sans President Washington and show us your best pose. Upload your creation to Instagram or Twitter and tag it with #PoseLikethePrez for a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Download the Lansdowne Painting

Many copies of the original Lansdowne portrait were made by Gilbert Stuart and other artists of his era. When you examine the two versions of the same painting presented below, differences between the original and its copies are immediately apparent. The version on the left is a copy of the original, which is shown on the right.


Dolley Madison Rescues the Lansdowne Portrait

White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

The Burning of Washington—one of the most note-worthy episodes of the War of 1812—took place 200 years ago, on August 24, 1814. After capturing the capital city, the British famously burned many of its most important buildings, including the White House.

Although the burning of Washington, D.C. transpired long after George Washington’s death, the first president played an important role. First Lady Dolley Madison chose to rescue the Lansdowne portrait from the White House just before the building went up in flames.

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See Gilbert Stuart's original Lansdowne Portrait at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery

For a limited time only.

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