The Capitol, Washington DC, USA, 1867.

The Capitol, Washington DC, USA, 1867.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


Albumen print of the Capitol Building which has been much altered and added to since construction began in 1793. The building had to be rebuilt after its destruction by the British during the War of 1812. The original dome was removed in 1856 and replaced with the far grander cast iron dome shown in this photograph. Work on the dome and other extensions to the building was completed in 1865. Abraham Lincoln, who supported the abolition of slavery, was elected President in 1860 and assassinated two years before this photograph was taken. From an album entitled 'Canada and the United States.1867' by John Downes Rochfort who visited all the major American Civil War sites in 1867.

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