The Capitol, Washington, D.C. by Thomas Doughty and Childs & Inman

The Capitol, Washington, D.C. by Thomas Doughty and Childs & Inman

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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.
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Object Name
Object Type
Date made
lithographer; publisher
Childs & Inman
original artist
Doughty, Thomas
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
image: 5 1/2 in x 8 5/8 in; 13.97 cm x 21.9075 cm
ID Number
catalog number
Credit Line
Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection
Architecture, Domestic Buildings
Chronology: 1830-1839
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Peters Prints
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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