Illustrations such as this example of the House Chamber from 1884 were common features of travel guidebooks throughout the 19th century. Specific details, such as the two large landscape paintings by Albert Bierstadt and the portraits of George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, are clearly shown in this image, which would help prepare tourists for their visit to the Capitol.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “The Hall of the House of Representatives,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2004/2004-085-015/ (August 12, 2022)
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