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Art by State: Illinois

Art by State: Illinois

The listing below groups art, artists and architectural elements by state. This list is a work in progress and is not comprehensive. Select a state from the list to learn more about the elements from that state:

Art by State: Illinois

Illinois
Art/
Architecture
LocationDescription
Statue
Statue

Gen. James Shields (Senator from 3 states)

Portrait

House of Representatives Speaker’s Lobby

Joseph G. Cannon, Speaker (by William T. Smedley)

Portrait

House of Representatives Speaker’s Lobby

Henry T. Rainey, Speaker (by Howard C. Christy)

Portrait

H-217

Bust

Senate wing

Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson (by Franklin Simmons)

Bust

Senate wing

Mosaic
Portrait

Senate wing

Abraham Lincoln (by Freeman Thorp)

Portrait

House wing

Portrait

Senate wing

Senator James Hamilton Lewis (by Louis Betts)

Bust

President Abraham Lincoln (by Gutzon Borglum)

Bust

Senate wing

President Abraham Lincoln (by Sarah Fisher Clampitt Ames)

Painting

Senate wing

S. A. Hurlbut, Representative, represented in The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission (by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett)

Painting

Senate wing

J. G. Cannon, Representative, represented in The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission (by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett)

Painting

Senate wing

W. A. J. Sparks, Representative, represented in The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission (by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett)

Painting

Senate wing

William M. Springer, Representative, represented in The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission (by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett)

Painting

Senate wing

John A. Logan, Senator, represented in The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission (by Cornelia Adèle Strong Fassett)

State Seal

House Chamber

plaster relief

Artist

Senate wing

Arthur E. Schmalz Conrad

b. Chicago, Illinois

portrait of John C. Calhoun

Artist

Laura Garden Fraser

b. Chicago, Illinois three relief portraits over the House Gallery doors: Edward I,

Papinian, and Colbert

Artist
Artist

House Office Building

M. John Lenhardt

b. Alton, Illinois

portrait of the Honorable l. Mendel Rivers

Artist

Charles Adrian Pillars

b. Rantoul, Illinois

statues of John Gorrie and General E. Kirby Smith

Artist

Edward Howard Ratti

b. Chicago, Illinois

carved relief portraits over the House Gallery doors; carved panel representing “Wisdom” in the Senate Chamber

Artist

House Office Building

Jean Van Vliet Spencer

b. Oak Park, Illinois

portrait of Daniel A. Reed

Artist

Capitol Grounds

Wheeler Williams

b. Chicago, Illinois

statue of Robert A. Taft

Artist

Frederick Ernst Triebel

b. Peroria, Illinois

statues of Henry M. Rice and George L. Shoup

Last Updated: November 13, 2013