We have new Washington, D.C. scenes and maps to share with our readers today. We are very excited about the bird’s-eye view of Georgetown- it is difficult to find depictions of our section of town (OPG is located in historic Georgetown), so we are always on the lookout for interesting views and renditions. What is interesting about older depictions of Washington and its iconic buildings is they illustrate all of the changes and development that have happened to our city- several thoughtfully planned, and several as a result of unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances- like war, flooding, huge population growth, or new technologies, like cars, electricity, or plumbing. We hope you enjoy these views as much as we do!
1. Georgetown a bird’s eye view. LINK.
Georgetown a bird’s-eye view. Photo engraving, c. 1970. Image size 23 1/4 x 31 1/4″. A detailed view of Georgetown drawn by James Richardson, showing the Potomac River, Key Bridge and the Whitehurst Freeway in the foreground, Georgetown University on the left and Rock Creek Parkway on the right. A Balloon is pictured on the upper left corner with the sign “Cartographie Richardson.” Before Washington Harbor. Mounted. Black and white.
2. Washington City, D.C. LINK.
Washington City, D.C. By Theodore R. Davis. Published in Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving; hand colored, Mar. 13, 1869. Image size 13 3/4 x 20 3/8″ (349 x 512 mm). With modern hand coloring.
3. Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. LINK.
Washington, D.C. – The Inauguration of President Garfield. – View on the Grand Military and Civic Procession on Pennsylvania Avenue, Looking from the Dome of the Capitol. Published by Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, March 19, 1881. Wood engraving hand colored, 1881. Image size 20 1/8 x 14 1/16″ (512 x 353 mm). An interesting perspective, with modern hand coloring.
4. United States Capitol. LINK.
United States Capitol. By Louis Orr. Etching, c. 1920. Image size 15 x 23″ (381 x 585 mm). A very detailed and handsomely executed view, typical of Orr’s larger works. A flag flies over the entrance. Several cars are parked beside the Capitol steps. Signed in pencil.
5. Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. LINK.
Map of the Cities of Washington and Georgetown D.C. Published by W. H. & O. H. Morrison. Stone engraving, 1876. Image size, 15 7/8 x 20″ (405 x 517 mm) plus margins. A fine map of the original plan for the city of Washington, divided into wards. Various sites are highlighted on the map itself, including the President’s House, Capitol, Washington Monument, Naval Observatory, Arsenal at Greenleaf’s Point, Navy Yard, City Hall, Smithsonian Institute and Howard University. This map appeared in the 1876 edition of “Morrison’s Stranger’s Guide for Washington City.” Black & white.