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An Elevation for a Capitol, by James Diamond, ink, watercolor, and ink wash on paper, 1792

Wed, 2013-04-17 16:52 -- administrator

Diamond’s entry into the Capitol’s design competition has long been used to illustrate the immature state of America’s architectural profession at the end of the 18th century. The eye-catching bird atop the dome was surely meant to represent an American eagle, although some have suggested it more resembles a chicken.

Courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland

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