Smithsonian Institution Building, North Front

ID: 82-3275

Creator: Gleason

Form/Genre: Engraving

Date: 1852

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 30 Folder 4

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Engraving of the north front of the Smithsonian Institution Building, Washington, D.C., from an 1852 book. There is shrubbery in the foreground. Lots of people are walking, riding on horses and in carriages. The book was published in 1852, which was three years before the building was finished. Therefore the engraving is not an accurate representation of the finished building. In the engraving the building has minimal detail and the north towers are not as they were built. There is no south tower visible.


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From Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, vol. 2, 1852, with text describing the building, presented by Major L. W. Jenkins of Salem, Massachusetts on 30 April 1914 .

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 30 Folder 4

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Engraving

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