This nocturnal view of the Capitol from the west was originally sketched for Harper’s Weekly by Theodore Davis. His work wasn’t always so serene. As a war artist for the newspaper, he witnessed and illustrated major battles of the Civil War. He was wounded twice, at the battles of Shiloh and Antietam. At war’s end he travelled west to document military operations against Native Americans. By the end of the 1860s he was in Washington, sitting by a canal and sketching the Capitol.