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01. Martha Dandridge Custis Washington 02. Abigail Smith Adams 03. Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson 04. Sally Hemings
05. Dolley Payne Todd Madison 06. Elizabeth Kortright Monroe 07. Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams 08. Rachel Donelson Jackson
09. Angelica Singleton Van Buren 10. Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison 11. Letitia Christian Tyler 12. Julia Gardiner Tyler
13. Sarah Childress Polk 14. Mary Elizabeth Taylor Bliss 15. Abigail Powers Fillmore 16. Jane Means Appleton Pierce
17. Harriet Lane 18. William Rufus DeVane King 19. Mary Todd Lincoln 20. Eliza McCardle Johnson
21. Martha Johnson Patterson 22. Julia Dent Grant 23. Lucy Ware Webb Hayes 24. Lucretia Rudolf Garfield
25. Ellen Herndon Arthur 26. Rose Elizabeth Cleveland 27. Frances Folsom Cleveland 28. Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison
29. Mary Lord Dimmick Harrison 30. Ida Saxton McKinley 31. Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt 32. Helen Herron Taft
33. Ellen Louise Axson Wilson 34. Edith Bollling Galt Wilson 35. Florence Kling Harding 36. Grace Anna Goodhue Coolidge
37. Lou Henry Hoover 38. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt 39. Elizabeth Virginia Wallace Truman 40. Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower
41. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy 42. Claudia Taylor 43. Thelma Catherine Ryan 44. Elizabeth Bloomer Ford
45. Rosalynn Smith Carter 46. Nancy Davis Reagan 47. Barbara Pierce Bush 48. Hillary Rodham Clinton
49. Laura Welch Bush 50. Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

Munn's success with "The Presidents" led her to a related, and equally ambitious project, "The First Ladies." Her research on the Presidents revealed many interesting and unfamiliar facts about the President's wives, and their personal lives and tribulations. Munn's admiration of Pat Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson first piqued her interest in their personas and her desire to acknowledge the stature of these seemingly overlooked public figures. Munn realized that these wives of important men were frequently under-appreciated, and deserved the artistic salutations that their husbands always enjoyed.

"The First Ladies," like "The Presidents," is also a psychological study into the personalities of each individual, and how they presented themselves to the public, and is a social history of clothing fashion and hair styles. In addition, her research revealed many censored facts about lovers, mistresses, children, and male lovers of the various Commanders in Chief (and their wives), and Munn realized that this must also be acknowledged.

"The First Ladies" premiered in the Madison Avenue windows of the Barney's NY department store in the weeks prior to the 2008 Presidential election and created great interest, and an interview with Munn and the paintings appeared on CNN news. This generated a bit of controversy, because some viewers thought that Munn's portrait of Michelle Obama was much more flattering than that of opponent Cindy McCain, and charged Barney's with promoting a political agenda by placing the two competing "first ladies elect" front and center in the display windows. The furor quickly died down with the election of Barack Obama as President.

Richard D. Marshall

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