This month’s featured artifact is a circa 1820 bas relief of Maria Monroe. Created by Pietro Cardelli in Washington, DC, the bas relief shows James Monroe’s youngest daughter at the age of 17, when she married Samuel Laurence Gouverneur in the first wedding of a President’s child to be held at the White House. The artist, a sculptor originally from Florence, Italy, arrived in America around 1817 and worked on the reconstruction of the Capitol and the President’s House.