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Seth Eastman's Fort Paintings: Principal Fortifications of the United States


In 1870, the House Committee on Military Affairs commissioned artist Seth Eastman to paint 17 images of important fortifications in the United States. He completed the works between 1870 and 1875.

For many years, the fort paintings hung in the rooms assigned to the House Military Affairs Committee, first in the Capitol and later in the Cannon House Office Building. During the late 1930s, they were returned to the Capitol for public display. Of the 17 paintings, 8 are located in the Senate wing.

Fort Defiance, New M...
Fort Delaware, Delaw...
Fort Knox, Maine
Fort Mackinac, Michi...
Fort Scammel and For...
Fort Taylor, Florida
Fort Trumbull, Conne...
West Point, New York