Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-07219 | Licence: No known restrictions on publication.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-07219 | Licence: No known restrictions on publication.

[U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. East elevation, low dome]

Date

1793 - 1800

Artist

Architect William Thornton

Collection

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From the Collection

Description

1 architectural drawing : ink, watercolor, and graphite on paper.

Image Credit

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-07219

From the Watercolour World

Location

United States Capitol, Washington D.C., USA

Country

Tww Comment

Hallet's plan for the Capitol was a favourite in the design competition put out by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson in the spring of 1792. However, it was deemed too costly and ornamental and was ultimately rejected in favour of a classical design by William Thornton. Hallet was appointed, along with James Hoban, to review Thornton's plans and oversee construction. He suggested many substantial changes to Thornton's design, and modified the plan for the east front, before being dismissed in November 1794.