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Title: Principal Front of the Capitol Washington
Artist: W. H. Bartlett
Engraver: R. Brandard
Date: 1838
Subject: The Capitol Building in Washington DC before construction of the new dome.

This original print was purchased as a wedding gift from C. Clifton Howers, Chief Chemist, Davison Chemical Co., accoding to the back of the frame. It was purchased from 'Framing Graphic Art From Ferdinand Roten in Baltimore, Maryland' which specializes in original prints according to the Harvard Crimson. (See THE FERDINAND ROTEN GALLERY) at the bottom of this listing for more information about the frame company).

Approx 12" x 10" Frame
7.25" x 5" Artwork

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Construction of the current Capitol building began in 1793. As reported by the Columbian Mirror and Alexandria Gazette on September 23, 1793, George Washington laid the cornerstone on September 18, 1793, in the 13th year of American independence, after a Masonic ceremony; the stone is located near the Old Supreme Court, through a passageway taken by people visiting the United States Senate Gallery. It is not known that this actually is the original cornerstone, but it was engraved with a masonic symbol and commissioned in 1893 (100 years after its placement). The cornerstone has been moved from its original location. The Capitol was built and later expanded in the 1850s using the labor of slaves "who cut the logs, laid the stones and baked the bricks." The original plan was to use workers brought in from Europe; however, it was a poor response to recruitment efforts and African Americans—free and slave—composed the majority of the work force. The Senate wing was completed in 1800, while the House wing was completed in 1811. The Capitol held its first session of U.S. Congress on November 17, 1800. The Supreme Court also met in the Capitol until its own building (behind the East Front) was completed in 1935. Shortly after completion, the capitol was partially burned by the British during the War of 1812. Reconstruction began in 1815, and was completed by 1830. The architect Benjamin Latrobe is principally connected with the original construction and many innovative interior features; his successor, noted architect Charles Bulfinch, also played a major role. The building was expanded dramatically in the 1850s. The original timber-framed dome of 1818 would no longer be appropriately scaled. Thomas U. Walter was responsible for the wing extensions and the "wedding cake" cast-iron dome, three times the height of the original dome and 100 ft (30 m) in diameter, which had to be supported on the existing masonry piers. Like Mansart's dome at Les Invalides (which he had visited in 1838), Walter's dome is double, with a large oculus in the inner dome, through which one views The Apotheosis of Washington painted on a shell suspended from the supporting ribs, which also support the visible exterior structure and the tholos that supports the Freedom, a colossal statue that was added to the top of the dome in 1863...

The following is an article on the Frame Shop by The Harvard Crimson:
THE FERDINAND ROTEN GALLERY: on Dunster Street has the advantages and disadvantages of a high fashion boutique at Jordan Marsh. Its wares are as approachable as they are bountiful and diverse, while the setting is disarmingly casual and a bit overstuffed.

The Gallery specializes in graphics--original prints of all kinds. It is definitely geared to students and probably has the largest collection of big name original prints at student prices anywhere in the East. The large Roten show which travels around to colleges and small museums every year with great missionary zeal, selling inexpensive originals, is owned and operated by the same group.

The graphic artist you know and love best is almost sure to be represented at the Roten Gallery. Piles of Chagall, Picasso, Matisse, Daumier, Goya, Dufy and Miro are in the collection, often in a series or representing a particular phase or motif. In addition to the modern Europeans are some original Gothic, Persian, modern manuscript pages, and quite a few modern Japanese prints.

Young, relatively unknown artists, distributed over an international spectrum, are spottily picked up by the Gallery. Among the nicest I saw were abstract Japanese prints by Hiroyaka Tajima and weird childish Colombian fanatasies by Silva.

Many of these less known prints sell for more than some inexpensive Picassos but only because of the numbers of editions printed, the size, the demand of the piece. The originals are all 'the real thing,' and worth having, though it is unlikely that your seven dollar Dufy of today will hang in the Jeu de Pomme tomorrow.

The Gallery showroom is stuffed with pictures. Shoulder to shoulder, frame to frame, they overwhelm the viewer as he enters. Yet there is no ex-Cliffie receptionist to threaten you at the door, no sickening plunge into wall-to-wall restraint and exclusiveness like one finds in New York's big galleries. The drawers and drawers of prints are open to anyone. You may shudder at shuffling and bending beautiful Goyas as you look through the stacks of prints. But at least you can see them for yourself with no hassle, look, touch, browse as long as you want--and you might even buy something.

Engraving. Antique. Original. Hand colored. Principal Front of the Capitol Washington by R. Brandard (1838). Price reduced.


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