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"The Capitol," by Christopher Cranch, oil on canvas, 1841

Mon, 2013-02-18 16:12 -- administrator

Visitors to Washington in the pre-Civil War period often described the Capitol as standing “high and alone” on its hill. This charming view conveys an authentic sense of rural isolation but exaggerated the rugged condition of the Capitol grounds.

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