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Anacostia River Painting

Anacostia River Painting

Artist
George Cooke
Date of Work
1833
Type
Painting
Credit
White House Historical Association (White House Collection)

Anacostia River Painting

Far from the muddy and incomplete town John and Abigail Adams knew when they moved to Washington, the city during the Jackson years was steadily improving. This 1833 painting reveals the trade of the city: two dry-docks of the Navy Shipyard on the Anacostia River, healthy shipping traffic on the Potomac, the Capitol building, and a mass of houses and buildings reaching from the White House to Capitol Hill.


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