Washington, 1814

Allyn Cox

Oil on Canvas


Hall of Capitols

House wing, Cox Corridors


In August 1814, during the War of 1812, invading British troops burned the U.S. Capitol and other buildings in Washington. That fall, Congress met in the Patent Office building (now the National Portrait Gallery/Smithsonian American Art Museum).


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Taken on December 20, 2011