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Renwick, James 1818-1895  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)  Search this
Physical description:
17 x 16, Exterior Elevation, SIA2012-0409.tif; 92-9480
Architectural drawings
circa 1848
Part of a collection of 16 drawings acquired 8/21/1991. Matches William Pierson's Sheet 29.
Graphite Pencil on Opaque Paper
Perspective of North East Tower of the Main Block of the Romanesque Scheme. This drawing was drafted by the architect James Renwick Jr. and depicts his Romanesque scheme of the Smithsonian Institution Building. This drawing was reproduced by wood engraving and was used for plate nine in Robert Dale Owen's "Hintson Public Architecture," published in 1846 as a description of the building's plans and architectural style. James Renwick, Jr. began his design with a Gothic castle and eventually reworked it into a Romanesque castle. This later design won the competition in 1846.
Cite as:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 92, Image No. S11/I291
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520
Local number:
SIA RU000092 [S11/I291]
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Prints and Drawings 1840- [Smithsonian Institution]
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