Dramatic bird’s-eye view of Washington, D.C.

William Olsen / A.B. Graham Co., WASHINGTON THE BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL OF THE NATION. Washington, D.C., 1921.
Two-stone lithograph on thin paper, 27.5"h x 43.5"w plus margins

An extremely large, detailed and dramatic view of Washington, D.C. as seen looking west from an imaginary point high above the Library of Congress. The image depicts the area bounded by the Tidal Basin to the south and Florida Avenue (the approximate location of present-day Gallaudet University) to the north, with the western suburbs faintly visible in the background. Hundreds of private and public buildings are named, including the many edifices of the Federal government. The whole is surmounted by the Great Seal of the United States.

According to Reps this view was reissued in 1922 by the Columbia Planograph Company and again-this time on a much smaller scale-in 1923.

Reps #694, giving only the Library of Congress example. OCLC #5484259, picking up five examples including that the Library of Congress.


Originally tipped into pocket (no longer present), now flattened and encapsulated. Couple of marginal mends, blue ink date on verso showing through in right margin, else excellent.