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Senate Chamber

Senate Chamber
by Deroy
after Augustus Theodore Frederick Adam Köllner
Goupil, Vibert & Co.
Lithograph, colored, 1848
Image with text measurement
      Height: 7.375 inches  (18.7325 cm)
      Width:  11.00 inches  (27.94 cm)
Credit Line: U.S. Senate Collection
Cat. no. 38.00964.001

This rare lithograph depicts the Old Senate Chamber around 1848—approximately a decade prior to the Senate's move to its current location. The image is from a series of fifty-four Views of American Cities produced by Augustus Köllner and published between 1848 and 1851.

Köllner, a German-born lithographer and painter, was considered one of the elite artists working Philadelphia during the city's boom in commerical lithography in the mid-1800s. He traveled widely throughout the United States in the 1840s, producing water-color images of American scenes that were later used as the basis for lithographs, like the one shown here.

Köllner's lithograph series also includes a smiliar view of the original House of Representatives Chamber (now Statuary Hall) and an east view of the Capitol as it appeared in 1848.