The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Description
The West Front of the U.S. Capitol as viewed from old City Hall (4th and D Streets, N.W.) is depicted in this 1832 lithograph. The cornerstone was laid in 1793 by George Washington. By 1832, the building was an imposing structure, 352 feet long by 282 feet wide, overlooking open fields. The few other structures depicted include the brick city jail, built in 1815 as a temporary Capitol, and a few row houses along New Jersey Avenue. In 1832, running water was added to the Capitol. The Capitol building expanded significantly in following years, but the current dome was not be completed until 1866.
Americans were curious about progress in the nation’s capital. This early lithograph would have been published in a view book with other similar prints and purchased as a gift, commemorative, or souvenir of Washington. The artist was a landscape painter and lithographer known to have sold designs for other city souvenir gift books.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
1832
maker
Childs & Inman
artist
Doughty, Thomas
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
image: 5 1/2 in x 8 5/8 in; 13.97 cm x 21.9075 cm
ID Number
DL.60.3672
catalog number
60.3672
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
subject
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
Chronology: 1830-1839
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Art
Peters Prints
NMAH Reception Suite
Data Source
National Museum of American History

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