16 x 11 in. (40.6 x 27.9 cm)
Framed: 23 3/4 x 18 3/8 in. (60.3 x 46.7 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
A week-long fair to benefit the fund for assassinated President—and former Representative—James Garfield’s memorial was held in the Capitol in 1882. The Rotunda, shown here, hosted an art exhibition. According to the Washington Post, a “bronze gothic temple” over a “colossal bust of Garfield . . . lit by a swinging lantern” decorated the center of the Rotunda. Paintings for sale were hung on cloths covering the permanently installed paintings. The proceeds were used to pay sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward for his work on the monument, which was commissioned in 1884.