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“Peter Waddell: Eight Notable Houses”

Peter Waddell, the New Zealand-bred painter who’s more interested in Washington history than are most natives, is fascinated by the notion of the city’s early settlers’ building grand neoclassical mansions in the forest. Having done the venerable Octagon—inside and out, large and small—he turns to such “notable” houses as Georgetown’s Tudor Place and the “President’s House” (pictured). As always with Waddell, the renderings combine meticulous research with faux-classical idealization and a sense of whimsy. Suffused with the painter’s characteristic golden light, these canvases depict an instant Rome that seems both auspicious and overreaching. At Anton Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. FREE. (202) 328-0828. (Mark Jenkins)