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"History is depicted with an oil lamp, inkpot and quills, and documents on a pedestal table; a framed picture, a cylindrical box with scrolls, and a printing press are on the ground beside her. By her knees sits Father Time, an old man with wings who holds an hour glass; next to him is his sickle. The chipped empty stone pedestal behind him also suggests the passage of time, as well as the transitory nature of fame."
- Architect of the Capitol. "Gems of the Capitol," in Constantino Brumidi - Artist of the Capitol [Government Publishing Office, 2000], 102.

credit: Architect of the Capitol