11 1/4 × 15 7/8 in. (28.6 × 40.3 cm)
Framed: 18 1/2 x 22 5/8 in. (47 x 57.5 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The imagined appearance of the newly extended Capitol made the news in early 1858. Harper’s Weekly discussed the in-progress exterior along with the recently completed new House Chamber in the accompanying article. Although the text leads off with the assertion that “the sensation of the visitor, on approaching the Capitol for the first time, is that of disappointment, from the fact that he beholds it from the west or rear, which is the least attractive point of view,” the print shows the future East Front, with its three pediments and exterior stairs.