Art and Architecture
On January 4, 1863, Taft describes attending a religious service at the Capitol "…to not only hear the old Chaplin preach and Miss Rumsey sing. But to gaze on Leutz'[Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze] fine picture of the Emigrant Party which decorates the Western Stair Case of the South Wing." He also refers to the painting on January 18, remarking "The more I look at it the more I admire it." Find a reproduction of the mural, titled Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way, on the Internet.
- How did Taft describe Leutze's mural? Observe the painting closely and expand on Taft's description.
- This painting was created in 1861-1862. How did it represent events or ideas of that time?
- What appeared to be the reason for Taft's fascination with the mural?