Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of DC’s Past

12/06/2018 all-day
The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
701 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20052

The early history of Washington, DC is little known, in part because so few images survive. To fill this void, philanthropist Albert H. Small commissioned artist and history painter Peter Waddell to create two large-scale (5′ x 6′), bird’s-eye-view paintings to bring to life the conception and realization of the Federal City.

The paintings will be shown at The George Washington University Museum from October 17, 2018 through December 23, 2018. Closed on Tuesdays, the museum hours vary by the day.

The first painting, “The Indispensable Plan 1791”, brings together what is known about the vision Peter Charles L’Enfant offered President Washington. It was to be a magnificent, 600-acre city, the largest in the world at that time.

The second painting, “The Village Monumental 1825”, shows in fascinating detail what was actually built on the banks of the Potomac by the year L’Enfant died.

The paintings, which took two years to create in Waddell’s studio at Tudor Place, mark the first time all the available historical information about plans and structures have been brought together in a visual form.

Two large-scale paintings are by Tudor Place Artist-in-Residence Peter Waddell (on display October 17 – December 23, 2018)

Monday: 11 AM–5 PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday–Thursday: 11 AM–7 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–5 PM
Sunday: 1–5 PM