George Munger
U.S. Capitol after burning by the British, 1814
Drawing on paper: ink and watercolor
59 x 50 cm
Image courtesy of Library of Congress

 

During the War of 1812, the British army set fire to nearly all the public buildings in the burgeoning capital city of Washington, D.C. This ink and watercolor drawing shows the aftermath of the burning of the U.S. Capitol. Seen here are the scorched chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives. Before photography, drawings such as these were an important way of documenting information.

 

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