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Auction 196, Lot 727

Striking Mezzotint of the Senate Chamber in the 1830s

"United States Senate Chamber",

Subject: Prints - Politics

Period: 1848 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

36.3 x 26.9 inches
92.2 x 68.3 cm
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This large and dramatic mezzotint depicts the Senate Chamber. It is a composite scene, based on daguerreotypes in the National Miniature Gallery of Anthony, Clark & Co., featuring figures who would have graced the chamber in the 1830s. Among the famous politicians depicted are John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, James Buchanan, Martin van Buren, James K. Polk, and a scowling John C. Calhoun. Several important figures fill the balcony overlooking the chamber, including John James Audubon, Henry Wordsworth Longfellow, and an aging Dolley Madison. The gilded wood Eagle and Shield and the magnificent chandelier overhang the scene. Published by Edward Anthony. Engraved by Thomas Doney, after a design by J. Whitehorne. Printed by Powell & Co.


Condition: B+

On a sturdy sheet with an edge chip at right impacting a 1" x 9" section of image that has been professionally reattached. There are a few narrow abrasions in the image and some minor soiling in the margins.

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,250


Closed on 2/7/2024