1846 Design of the Washington National Monument Lithograph

The Washington National Monument Society was organized in 1833 with the goal of erecting a monument to George Washington. The society’s fundraising campaign had elicited $87,000 by the time construction on the monument began on July 4, 1848.  One of the ways the society raised money was by selling lithographic prints made by Charles Fenderich showing Robert Mills’ design.  This example of the print is extremely unique and collected because it was produced with the name of the city misspelled in the caption, where it states that the monument was “to be erected in the City of Wasihngton.”

Charles Fenderich was an important American lithographic artist whose portraits of American statesmen in 1830s and 40s are of particular note. According to Alice Lee Parker and Milt Kaplan’s Library of Congress catalog, Charles Fenderich. Lithographer of American Statesmen (1959; p.59f.), around 1846 Fenderich issued at least three folio variants of an image of the proposed of the Washington Monument as designed by Robert Mills.

Includes printed inscription: "Earnestly recommended to the favor of our countrymen" with facsimile signatures of Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, John Quincy Adams, and others.

Framed using the finest archival materials and procedures, in a custom-built black and gold frame. Framed dimensions: 35" H x 27" W x 2 1/4" D.

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