A highlight of the permanent collection of early American paintings on display at Dumbarton House is a portrait of the children of Benjamin Stoddert, first Secretary of the U.S. Navy. The portrait was painted by Charles Willson Peale in 1791. The background scene depicts Georgetown as an early tobacco port, only 40 years after it was incorporated as a city.
Dumbarton House is the national headquarters at 2715 Q Street NW Washington, DC 20007. It was built in 1703 by Ninian Beall and was later acquired by Joseph Nourse, the first registrar of the US Treasury
Washington, DC A visit to Dumbarton House offers guests a unique opportunity to view one of the finest examples of Federal period architecture in the U.S., along with its impressive furniture and decorative arts collections.