Notable American artist Winslow Homer cut his teeth working for Harper’s Weekly. For one of his first assignments, he visited the House of Representatives Chamber. He depicted the crowd of Members during their last meeting in the Old Hall of the House in December 1857. As this print amply illustrates, the room had become far too congested for the growing House membership. Between 1819, when the space shown here was completed, and 1857, when the new Chamber was completed, the number of Members increased by more than fifty.