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Auction 109, Lot 717

"Birdseye View of the City of Washington, with the Capitol in the Foreground", Illustrated London News

Subject: District of Columbia

Period: 1861 (published)


Color: Hand Color

20 x 13.7 inches
50.8 x 34.8 cm

Double-page wood engraving, showing the Capitol in its final stages of completion and just after a Confederate attack damaged the building. The scaffolding that will eventually be replaced by the capitol dome is depicted proudly flying the Stars and Stripes and the right wing of the building is ablaze and smoking. Excellent birds-eye view of the city and river behind the Capitol. Drawn and engraved by C.H. Andrews.


Condition: A+

A very crisp and early impression. Later hand coloring, extremely well done.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $180

Closed on 12/1/2004