Photo, Print, Drawing [U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue before 1814] b&w film copy neg.

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About this Item

Title
[U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue before 1814]
Summary
This modest drawing by an unknown hand depicts the west front of an incomplete U. S. Capitol as it appeared between 1811 and its burning by the British in August 1814. A low temporary structure is shown connecting the north (Senate) and south (House) wings. It was known as the "furnace" because of the high temperatures it reached in the summer months. For many years the drawing was incorrectly attributed to B. Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol between 1806 and 1817.
Contributor Names
Latrobe, Benjamin Henry, 1764-1820.
Created / Published
[between 1814 and 1820]
Subject Headings
-  United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)--Pictorial works
-  Pennsylvania Avenue (Washington, D.C.)--Pictorial works
-  Washington (D.C.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Pictorial works
-  Capitols--Washington (D.C.)--1810-1820
Format Headings
Ink drawings--1810-1820.
Wash drawings--1810-1820.
Genre
Ink drawings--1810-1820
Wash drawings--1810-1820
Notes
-  Title supplied by the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
-  The initials "B.H.L." appear at lower left, which resulted in a mistaken attribution to Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Aikman identifies the drawing as a Latrobe watercolor, made from memory after British soldiers burned the Capitol in 1814.
-  A pen and ink drawing with highlights in white gouache and black and gray washes.
-  Aikman, L. We, the people, p. 25
-  Reference copy in Lot 4386-6BA; Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division.
-  Ford Peatross, Curator of Architecture, Design & Engineering, Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division, indicated on 9/11/2000 that several qualities of this drawing are inconsistent with Latrobe's technique; also that Latrobe drawing scholars Charles Brownell and Jeffrey Cohen have both rejected this drawing as a Latrobe.
Medium
1 drawing on beige paper : ink, wash, and gouache ; visible image 21 x 26 cm., in frame 26 x 31 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
NA4411 .U27 1814 [Rare Book RR]
Digital Id
ppmsca 50969 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca/50969
cph 3b51810 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b51810
cph 3a07921 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a07921
Library of Congress Control Number
00522050
Reproduction Number
LC-DIG-ppmsca-50969 (digital file from original) LC-USZC4-227 (color film copy transparency) LC-USZ62-4538 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 drawing on beige paper : ink, wash, and gouache ; visible image 21 x 26 cm., in frame 26 x 31 cm. | This modest drawing by an unknown hand depicts the west front of an incomplete U. S. Capitol as it appeared between 1811 and its burning by the British in August 1814. A low temporary structure is shown connecting the north (Senate) and south (House) wings. It was known as the "furnace" because of the high temperatures it reached in the summer months. For many years the drawing was incorrectly attributed to B. Henry Latrobe, the architect of the Capitol between 1806 and 1817.
LCCN Permalink
https://lccn.loc.gov/00522050
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Latrobe, Benjamin Henry. [U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue before 1814]. Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D.C, None. [Between 1814 and 1820] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00522050/. (Accessed October 21, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Latrobe, B. H. [U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue before 1814]. Pennsylvania Avenue Washington D.C, None. [Between 1814 and 1820] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00522050/.

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Latrobe, Benjamin Henry. [U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue before 1814]. [Between 1814 and 1820] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/00522050/>.