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Meigs, Montgomery C. 1816-1892  Search this
Vanderlyn, John 1775-1852  Search this
Jarvis, Leonard 1781-1854  Search this
Chapman, John  Search this
Physical description:
3 Letters : written in ink
U. S. Capitol
19th century
Thomas B. Brumbaugh research material on Abbott Handerson Thayer and other artists, 1876-1994 (bulk 1960s-1994); e Also located at; a Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
General Montgomery Cunningham Meigs was Quartermaster General of the United States Army during and after the American Civil War. He was responsible for the purchase and distribution of supplies to the Union troops. Meigs was also an engineer and architect, and before and after the war, he supervised numerous projects throughout Washington, D.C. as part of the Army Corps of Engineers. He supervised the construction of wings and the dome of the Capitol building and the expansion of the General Post Office building. Meigs designed the Old Pension Office Building. His most amazing contribution to the city, however, was the Washington Aqueduct. Interestingly, it was Meigs who suggested to Abraham Lincoln that Arlington would be a good place for a cemetery. Meigs is buried there.
Leonard Jarvis was an American politician who served in Congress from 1829 to 1837. He was chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs for some time. This contract is signed by him.
John Vanderlyn was an American neoclassicist painter who painted portraits of politicians in the early 19th century. He was commissioned by Congress in 1842 to paint the landing of Columbus. This painting was later reproduced on a stamp. This painting was commissioned for the renovation of the rotunda in the Capitol Building.
John Chapman was an American congressman who represented Pennsylvania. He worked as a judge before being elected to the House of Representatives.
Gift of Susan A. Hobbs.
Organized chronologically
This folder houses a series of letters referencing the building and renovation of the United States Capitol Building, most of which are from architects who worked on the project. One of the contracts orders iron beams for use in extending the Capitol building in 1857, during the second remodeling.
Cite as:
Thomas B. Brumbaugh collection of 19th and 20th century American artists' correspondence 1831-1979. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Gift of Susan A. Hobbs, 2009
Repository Loc.:
Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives, 1050 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20013-7012
Local number:
FSA A2009.06 7
Restrictions & Rights:
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Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository
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The Brumbaugh Collection of Artist Letters
Data Source:
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives