With the Covid-19 Pandemic making it impossible for visitors to get inside the Mansion we have decided to bring the Mansion to you. Here are a few pieces of our art collection.
Hand Painted Audubon engravings
We have several original hand painted engravings by John James Audubon 1785-1851 (pictured here are two of his pieces in our collection – Common Thistle and American Gold Finch). He was an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter. These pieces plus two others in our collection, collectively are valued at more than $20,000. Audubon is the author of the book Birds of North America. Side note: He once gave a demonstration to Charles Darwin! He was collected in Europe by the nobility during the “romantic era”, which was an artistic and intellectual movement characterized by an interest in nature and rebellion against social rules. Our collection was purchased at auction through Sotheby’s and was previously owned by the city of New York.
Why is this significant?
Photography was not invented until 1826. The only way people could record accurately what nature looked like was to paint or draw what they saw. The artist was the journalist of history.
About the Foundation
The Governor’s Mansion Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit and non-partisan organization founded in 1972 to furnish and maintain the public areas of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion. With dedicated volunteers and generous donations, the Foundation is able to maintain the elegant furnishings, artwork and historic heirlooms in the Mansion.
The Washington State Governor’s Mansion is part of the Washington State Capitol Historic District which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
From Our President
Welcome to the website of the Governor’s Mansion Foundation! Founded in 1972, the GMF is an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan organization that owns and maintains the furnishings and artwork in the nine public rooms of the Washington State Governor’s Mansion. We are proud of our state’s beautiful, historically significant Mansion and we would love to share it with you.
During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 — our tours, along with other Mansion events, have been postponed ensuring safety to those who live and work in the Mansion. We plan for this to be a temporary occurrence – so stay tuned. We will let you know via this website when we can open the Mansion for tours and events. In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the Governor’s Mansion, the Foundation, tours, upcoming events and how to join us as a member, please visit the links found above.
Best regards –
President, Governor’s Mansion Foundation
2020 – 2022