[Watercolor View of Washington Hall, Philadelphia, in the early 19th century]
by [STRICKLAND, George]
1817. Watercolor on paper, approximately 10 x 14½ inches. Slight loss of color along a portion of the top edge and in the sky of the image. A few scattered light fox marks and a bit dust soiled. Matted and framed. A Noted Philadelphia Building A watercolor view of the headquarters of the Washington Benevolent Society in Philadelphia, by George Strickland, the younger brother of the noted American architect and proponent of the Greek Revival style, William Strickland. This was the basis for an engraving made the same year by William. George was trained in painting and engraving by William, and like his older brother had an interest in architecture. Washington Hall was designed by the noted American architect Robert Mills, and built between 1814 and 1816. Mills is best remembered today as the architect of the Washington Monument. The Hall was just completed when George Strickland made this watercolor. It was capable of holding nearly 6000 people. "Its most outstanding feature was of French inspiration: the half-domed niche, twenty-two feet in diameter, flanked by Ionic columns. The statue of George Washington as a standing figure, was carved by Benjamin Rush and erected in 1817."- Deak. Unfortunately, the Hall burned down in 1823. The Mansion House Hotel is visible in the left portion of the image. The mansion had originally been built as the home of William Bingham, a representative of Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress and then the United States Senate, but was turned into a hotel after his death in 1804. A handsome image of early American architecture. Deák, Picturing America 300 (discussing the engraving made after this original). (Inventory #: 31293)
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