Fernando Miranda y Casellas after a photograph by Freeman Thorp
The Daily Graphic
9 5/16 × 13 in. (23.7 × 33 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Daily Graphic showed children at an 1875 festival on the Capitol grounds, the earliest known image of the capital city’s Easter Monday egg rolling. Like many illustrated news journals, this one used a photograph as the basis for the engraving. Artist and photographer Freeman Thorp had a studio in the Capitol, and was on hand that March morning to document the fun. The following year, spoilsport William Holman of Indiana spearheaded a successful move to ban the popular event because it tore up the grass.