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Catalog Number 2008.058.1
Type of Object Print
Collection American Paintings and Prints Collection
Date 2008
Description View of Washington City, Sachse & Co., ca. 1871
Reprint, 2008

This impressive birds-eye view of Washington was one of a series created by Baltimore printmaker Edward Sachse (1804-1873). The print, originally published in 1871, depicts some unique aspects of Washington’s topography that no longer exist, including the Washington Canal. Construction on the canal began in 1810, but the advance of rail transportation soon made it obsolete. It was enclosed with an underground tunnel and paved over not long after this print was published; it now runs under Constitution Avenue. In the distance, the Washington Monument stands at the edge of the Potomac River. The land beyond it was later reclaimed for parkland and the construction of the Lincoln Memorial. However, the image contains a curious anomaly. The Washington Monument is shown completed in the style of the original Robert Mills design, with a classical pantheon surrounding it. Due to financial constraints and changing tastes, that part of the monument was never completed.

The print is presented as a gift in memory of GFWC President Sara A. Whitehurst (1941-1944). Mrs. Whitehurst became well-known throughout GFWC during her chairmanship of GFWC’s Golden Jubilee celebration in 1940. As a wartime president, she focused her administration on national defense. One of the more famous initiatives of her tenure was GFWC’s Buy A Bomber campaign. State federations ultimately sold nearly $155 million worth of war bonds to purchase 431 planes. During Mrs. Whitehurst’s administration in 1944, the Maryland Federation of Women’s Clubs sold about $11 million worth of bonds, the largest sum generated by any state federation.
Source (MD) State Federation
Search Terms Maryland
(MD) State Federation
Washington, D.C.