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8686. Center Court, Fine Arts Building, World's Columbian Exposition., 1893, 1894

 Item — Container: Waldsmith Collection - Box 1
Identifier: RP-3216 ; ST-7184 ; Waldsmith 103

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Views of Mount Vernon spanning more than 100 years. The Robert Waldsmith Collection consists of approximately 300 stereographs and cabinet cards by Alexander Gardner, N. G. Johnson, Luke D. Dillon, and others. Highlights of the collection include: several west front views of the Mansion, including the earlist known one by Frederick Langenheim, circa 1856; an early view of the tomb, circa 1857, and a collection of Washington statues and buildings honoring the first President.


  • Creation: 1893
  • Copyright: 1894


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.


From the Collection: 236 stereographs and 61 cabinet cards Photographic Prints

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball on display in the Fine Arts Building during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. The sculpture was commissioned by Mr. Edward Searles of Methuen, Massachusetts and was sculptured in Italy. At the close of the exposition, the statue was moved to the Searles Estate. Mounted on a peach colored board. The title is preprinted on the front of the mount. Copyright 1894, photograph and published by B. W. Kilburn, Littleton, N. H.


7 in. x 3 1/2 in.

Repository Details

Part of the Photo Archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Repository

P.O. Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121 United States