19th Century Prints, American Views, Americana, Citiscapes, Lithograph, Multi-stone Lithograph, Prints

The Rose of the Capital

The Rose of the Capital. Published by Casimer Bohn, Washington. Multi-stone lithograph, 1861. Circular. Sheet size, 13 1/2" (341 mm). Triangular envelope, 6 7/8 x 5 5/8”. LINK.

The Rose of the Capital. Published by Casimir Bohn, Washington. Multi-stone lithograph, 1861. Lithographed and Printed by E. Sachse & Co. Circular. Sheet size, 13 1/2″ (341 mm). Triangular envelope, 6 7/8 x 5 5/8”. LINK.

Today we are sharing a new addition to our inventory-  a wonderful ephemeral depiction of Washington, D.C.- Casimir Bohn’s The Rose of the Capital. As only the second example ever recorded, it is a remarkable survival.  The Rose consists of a single sheet, trimmed to a circle with scalloped edges and printed recto and verso with images of Washington landmarks arrayed radially around a central image of a rosebud.

Front of The Rose of the Capital.
Front of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Washington, U.S. Patent Office, U.S. General Post Office, President’s House, East Room in the President’s Mansion, National Observatory, U.S. Treasury. Inner Circle: Frontispiece, N.E. Wing of the Capitol, Equestrian Statue of General Jackson, Liberty, Top of Capitol, Columbus, Rescue, Statue of Washington, Equestrian Statue of Washington. DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILED VIEW.

The highlight is a view as seen looking over the Capitol toward the Mall and the Potomac, on a much smaller scale but similar in conception to several other Sachse views of the city. Some of the other images include interior and exterior views of the White House, the House and Senate chambers, the Treasury building, and equestrian statues of the Presidents Washington and Jackson.

Back of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Senate chamber, Hall of Representatives, Smithsonian Institute, Military Asylum, U.S. Navy Yard, U.S. Arsenal, Lunatic Asylum, City Hall. Inner Circle: Congressional Library, Columbia Armory, Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, Georgetown College, Columbia College, Arlington House, Washington Monument.

Back of The Rose of the Capital. Outer Circle: Senate Chamber, Hall of Representatives, Smithsonian Institute, Military Asylum, U.S. Navy Yard, U.S. Arsenal, Lunatic Asylum, City Hall. Inner Circle: Congressional Library, Columbia Armory, Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, Georgetown College, Columbia College, Arlington House, Washington Monument. DOUBLE CLICK ON IMAGE FOR DETAILED VIEW.

The Rose folds to fit snugly in a fragile triangular envelope of buff paper, which almost miraculously survives here. 

Envelope Front.

Envelope Front.

Envelope Back.

Envelope Back.

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19th Century Prints, American Views, Lithograph, Prints, Two-color Lithograph

View of Washington City and Georgetown

View of Washington City and Georgetown. Published and sold by Casimir Bohn, Washington D.C. Two-color lithograph, 1849. Lith. by E. Weber & Co. Baltimore. This scarce view shows the city from the portico of the Capitol building. Pennsylvania Avenue is shown in the center right. In In the distance is the Washington Monument in its original design. To the right of that is the Observatory; to the left is the Smithsonian Institution.  Surrounding the image is a series of twenty vignette illustrations of prominent buildings and monuments of the time. These include two views of the Capitol, the White house, Navy Yard, Georgetown College, Aqueduct near Georgetown, Post Office etc.

View of Washington City and Georgetown. 

This scarce view shows the city of Washington from the portico of the Capitol building. Published and sold by Casimir Bohn, this two-color lithograph is dated 1849. It was lithographed by E. Weber & Co., Baltimore. Early colored lithographs used one or two colors to tint the entire stone and create a watercolor-like tone to the image. This atmospheric effect was primarily used for landscape or topographical illustrations. For more detailed coloration, artists relied on hand coloring over the use of multi-color lithography, which only became popular in the second half of the 19th century.

In the main image of this print, DC’s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue is shown in the center right. In the far distance is the Washington Monument, shown in its original design. To the right is the National Observatory; to the left is the Smithsonian Institution. Surrounding the main image is a series of twenty vignette illustrations of prominent buildings and monuments of the time. These include two views of the Capitol, the White house, Navy Yard, Georgetown College, Aqueduct near Georgetown, Post Office, and more.

This view is referenced in Reps’ “Views and Viewmakers” #666; and Deak’s “Picturing America”#577. It can now be viewed and purchased at our Georgetown gallery.

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