Daguerreotype View Of The US Capitol -1846
An early daguerreotype by John Plumbe of the east front elevation of the U.S. Capitol, Circa 1846.
This is one of the earliest surviving photographs of the Capitol, John Plumbe Jr.'s daguerreotype shows the building with its old copper-sheathed wooden dome. The photographer had hoped to sell "Plumbeotypes," hand-produced lithographic images based on daguerreotypes, of several Washington buildings, as well as likenesses of prominent individuals. His endeavor was not successful, and very few Plumbeotypes have survived.