US Capitol, 1846
Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on an original half plate daguerreotype by John Plumbe
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- Collectible giclée fine art print;
- Hand-printed in England, with individual embossing;
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ABOUT THIS IMAGE
Taken February 5th, 1865. Gardner's Gallery, Washington D.C, United States
(Library of Congress)
"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
This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.
"[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."
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LISTED SIZESOur prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing. Small prints will ship in a stiffened envelope rather than a postal tube.
S (A4) – 21 × 29.7 cm / 8.3 × 11.7 inches
M (A3) – 29.7 × 42 cm / 11.7 × 16.5 inches
L (A2) – 42 × 59.4 cm / 16.5 × 23.4 inches
XXL (A0) – 84.1 × 118.9 cm / 33.1 × 46.8 inches