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Spending Uncle Sam's Money


TitleSpending Uncle Sam's Money
Artist/MakerT. Dart Walker (1869 - 1914) 
Date1899 ca.
MediumWatercolor on board
Dimensions h. 23 x  w. 18.5 in. ( h. 58.4 x  w. 47 cm)
Credit LineU.S. Senate Collection
Accession Number34.00002.000


  • Object Description
  • This view of the Senate Chamber was painted by T. Dart Walker in the late 1890s after observing a busy congressional work day. The scene was then engraved for the front cover of the December 23, 1899, issue of Leslie’s Weekly and titled Spending Uncle Sam’s Money: Senators Introducing the Customary Batch of Miscellaneous Bills at the Opening of the Session of Congress. Walker was born in Indiana, studied in Paris, and was known as an illustrator and marine artist. His work appeared in popular magazines of the period, such as Harper’s Weekly, the Graphic, and the Illustrated London News, and included scenes of political life, national events, and everyday activities.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
  • Signature (lower left corner): T. DART. / WALKER / WASHINGTON