Tuesday, November 28, 2006

United States Senate Catalogue of Graphic Art

A wonderfully illustrated new publication, The United States Catalogue of Graphic Art, offers a variety of perspectives on the Senate of the 19th and 20th centuries and provides insight into a time quite different than the media-saturated world of today.

The Catalogue marks the first comprehensive publication of the approximately 1,000 prints that constitute the Senate’s collection. It is organized into eight thematic chapters: Senate Chamber, Capitol Interior, Capitol Exterior & Grounds, Senate Art, Portraits, Group Portraits, Beyond Capitol Hill, and Political Cartoons & Caricatures. Detailed information is given for each print, including title, creator, date of publication, printing technique, and dimensions. In addition, accompanying approximately 30 prints are short essays giving background and context for the scene, people, or events depicted in the illustration.

The Catalogue is available in the Government Publications Library.

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