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Love and Life: Controversy in Lafayette Square
Renowned Victorian painter George F. Watts gifted his painting "Love and Life" to the American people in 1893, and the painting made its way to the White House. Despite Watts’s celebrity, his gift caused a scandal after the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union protested the painting’s “immoral” depiction of two nude figures. As a result, Watts’s painting spent several administrations being sent between the White House and the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Lafayette Park based upon the whims of the first family and the response of the American public. Join us Thursday, December 8 at 5:30 pm to hear WHHA Historian Sarah Fling discuss this painting that caused controversy over White House art! This will be the fourth and final episode of our series on Lafayette Square.

Dec 8, 2022 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sarah Fling
Historian @White House Historical Association
Sarah Fling started at the White House Historical Association in 2019 as a graduate public history fellow before joining as a historian in 2021. Her research focuses on free and enslaved workers, the first ladies, and the White House Collection. Sarah’s previous work experience includes internships at historic sites such as George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Frick Pittsburgh. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s in Public History from American University. Sarah is originally from York, Pennsylvania.