Skip to product information
1 of 5

ColorGraph Co.

US Capitol, 1846, Colorized

Size Chart
Regular price
Regular price
Sale price
Tax included.

Archival Giclée Art Print

Certificate of Authenticity

One Tree One Print Commitment

Open Edition

Worldwide Shipping

Free UK shipping on all orders over £100

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
Remaster & Colorization: 
Jordan J. Lloyd  
Original Format: 
Half plate daguerreotype
Commercial Use: 
⇲ License this Image


US Capitol, 1846

This photograph is also available as a ⇲ restored & remastered black and white original print from our ⇲ Platinum Series.


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, 1846, Colorized
US Capitol, 1846, Colorized
US Capitol, 1846, Colorized
US Capitol, 1846, Colorized

The Past as It Was

We honour the past by restoring historical images to the same quality as the day they were created. To serve the artist’s intent, we remaster, reconstruct, sharpen, colour-correct, colorize and enlarge their image with total devotion to historical authenticity. That makes your print a window to the past as it was. See for yourself.



Beyond the Frame

  • Authenticity Assured

    A Certificate of Authenticity marks every print as an original and genuine ColorGraph™.

  • Responsible Trade

    We abide by the ⇲ Colorizer's Code of Conduct, a framework for new interpretations of original historical works.

  • Proudly Independent

    We are proud to be an independent UK business sharing the stories hiding in images from the past.