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Tomb of Washington, 1858, Published 1861-1890

 Item — Container: Waldsmith Collection - Box 1
Identifier: RP-3216 ; ST-7184 ; Waldsmith 158

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.


  • 1858
  • Published 1861-1890


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

Stereoscopic view of Washinton's tomb at Mount Vernon. Stereograph shows wooden plank walkway, two obelisks and several people. A man looks into the vault and an African American woman stands next to him. A young African American boy leans against the metal railing surrounding one of the obelisks. Photograph likely taken in 1858 - see glass negative [R-221 ; EV-1007d] which includes the same man and young boy. Rice immigrates to the U.S. (from Nova Scotia) and arrives in D. C. in 1861 so stereograph was published at a later date. Mounted on yellow board. A label affixed to the back of the cardboard mount includes a handwritten title 'Tomb of Washington' with the remainder of the label preprinted with - Rice's Stereoscopic Views In and Around the Captiol. Published by M. P. Rice, Stereoscopic Emporium, No. 520 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D. C.


6 11/16 in. x 3 5/16 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