Tucked in a dark corner behind the columns of Statuary Hall, the House’s Ladies’ Reception Room provided a place for women to meet with their elected Representatives. Constituents seeking widows’ pensions, employment, and redress of government wrongs were frequent visitors to the Capitol. After sending a card in to a Member on the floor of the House, she might wait in the Reception Room for a response, or in the case of several of the women in this print, a meeting with the Congressman.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “The Ladies' Reception-Room, Statuary Hall,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2010/2010-036-000/ (October 24, 2020)
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