1901 Washington DC

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This 1901 bird’s-eye view of Washington, D.C. by John L. Trout shows us the city just before its moment of great transformation into the modern capital of the United States. Painted using vibrant watercolors and gouache on paper, the image depicts Washington as the clean, organized capital that the nation’s founding fathers and planners envisioned. Trout’s vivid colors bring the city and its bucolic surroundings to life.