This illustration of a fictitious trip to Washington, recounted in Harper’s Weekly as a witty travelogue, presents images of several popular characters, arrayed in the Ladies’ Gallery of the House Chamber. The innocent maiden sits rapt in the front row, while her crusty elderly relative is alternately impressed and dismayed at the goings-on in the House Chamber. Gentlemen of different ages, sizes, and stylishness squire the ladies. Indeed, the Ladies’ Gallery often accommodated men, since it was intended not only for women in the Capitol alone but also for women attending the proceedings with their escorts.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “Ladies' Gallery in the House of Representatives,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2011/2011-013-004/ (April 11, 2021)
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