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View, Washington, D.C., U.S. Capitol Front Elevation View, Antique Lithograph, 1871


U.S. Capitol, Washington, D. C.
George Stinson & Co., Portland, Maine: 1871
18.75 x 29 inches, printed border
21.75 x 31.75 inches, overall

Front elevation view of the United States Capitol building, with trees in the foreground. It is shown as it appeared shortly after a period of continuous major construction including the present-day dome, spanning 1855-66. The finishing touches to the dome were Thomas Crawford’s Statue of Freedom, placed atop it in 1863, and Constantino Brumidi’s interior fresco of The Apotheosis of Washington in 1866. Since 1871, when this print was made, the only additions to the Capitol have been the west front terraces (1884-92) and the east front extension (1958-62).

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The Capitol, one of the most famous U.S. landmarks, is described on the website of the Architect of the Capitol as follows:

“The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is among the most architecturally impressive and symbolically important buildings in the world. It has housed the meeting chambers of the Senate and the House of Representatives for almost two centuries. Begun in 1793, the Capitol has been built, burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored; today, it stands as a monument not only to its builders but also to the American people and their government.”

Statistical information about the building is printed in the lower margin on each side of the title: “Cost of Building, 80,000,000 to 90,000,000, of Dollars. Whole extent of building 751 Feet 4 inches. Area of ground actually covered 153,112 square Feet.”

George Stinson & Company was a lithography firm in Portland, Maine, operating from at least 1871 to 1890. Among their other prints were Hunting on the Susquehanna, which was also issued by Currier & Ives (number 3308). In 1871, the firm also produced lithographs of U.S. presidents with their families, including Lincoln, Grant and Washington; such patriotic prints were popular in the mid 19th century and issued by a variety of firms.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light overall toning and wear. Light scattered vertical toning from former wooden backing. Scattered creases from prior rolling, small tears, chips to outer margins, all now professionally restored as backed on Japanese paper.


Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. U.S.: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. p. 376.

“The Capitol Dome.” Architect of the Capitol. (11 October 2005).

“The United States Capitol: An Overview of the Building and Its Function.” Architect of the Capitol. (11 October 2005).

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19th Century