Description: Rare and important view of architect Benjamin H. Latrobe's design for the reconstruction of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., published in England in 1825. Horse-drawn carriages make their way along the road and pedestrians stroll on the lawn in front of the building. The engraving is executed in delicate pastel colors, with a neoclassical sensibility.
Another example of it is in the collection of the New York Public Library and is featured in Gloria Gilda Déak's two-volume work Picturing America: 1497-1899.The original Capitol was set afire and damaged by the British during the War of 1812. Eventually Latrobe was engaged to produce a plan to restore the building's exterior, and this engraving is based on his own drawing. Unbeknownst to the engraver, however, the original Latrobe design was never fully actualized.
Location of Origin: England
Medium/Materials: Hand-colored aquatint; Paper watermarked: Whatman Turkey Mill 1824
Dimensions: 18.5 x 25.25 inches, image and text; 20.5 x 27.5 inches, overall
Primary Classification: Fine Art : Prints and Multiples : Engraving
Secondary Classification: Folk Art and Americana
Expertise: Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear. Tear to right center extending a few inches into image is professionally restored, and not noticeable under ordinary inspection. Paper watermarked: Whatman Turkey Mill 1824