Anna is shown seated, in dark, long-sleeved dress with white fur thrown over back of chair.

Anna Wharton Seward Portrait by Frank Buchser

c. 1869

Oil on canvas portrait of Anna Wharton Seward, wife of Frederick Seward, and daughter-in-law of Sec. Seward. Painted by Swiss artist Frank Buchser, Ana served as the official hostess of Seward's Washington, D.C. residences. Anna was responsible for planning and organizing all of Seward's dinner parties that included guests from across the country and around the world.