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US Capitol by John Plumbe, 1846

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Collectible museum-grade fine art print, hand-printed in England and individually finished with a monogram emboss. Each sale directly supports the artisan. Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing.


America's seat of power was first announced as an architectural competition in 1792, with a prize of USD$500 ($13.5k in today's money), won by amateur architect William Thornton. In the 1810s, the newly finished Capitol building was partially burned by British troops during the War of 1812. Pictured here is the original copper-plated dome, which had weathered green by the 1840s, shortly before the building's major expansion. The Capitol's current dome is three times the height of the original, crafted from cast iron, and painted to look like stone. – Jordan J. Lloyd

Taken: February 5th, 1865
Gardner's Gallery, Washington D.C, United States
John Plumbe
Jordan J. Lloyd
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Half plate daguerreotype
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US Capitol, 1846

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Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts.


"[United States Capitol, Washington, D.C., east front elevation]. Early Views of Washington. Several government buildings were among the first edifices in the nation's capital to be recorded by the relatively new medium of photography. John Plumbe, Jr., the first professional photographer in Washington, D.C., operated a studio in the mid-1840s. Plumbe's image of the Capitol, with its former copper-sheathed wooden dome, is the earliest surviving photograph of the building."

US Capitol by John Plumbe, 1846
US Capitol by John Plumbe, 1846
US Capitol by John Plumbe, 1846
US Capitol by John Plumbe, 1846

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