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This painting by Allyn Cox depicts the cornerstone laying ceremony and is currently on display in the House Wing of the U.S. Capitol Building.
The cornerstone was laid on Wednesday, September 18, 1793, during the first...

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View of the U.S. Capitol Building from above at dusk
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AOC Gardener at the U.S. Botanic Gardener handling some orchids
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The East Front of the U.S. Capitol at Dusk
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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
C. Paul Jennewein
Artist

Marble
28" dia.
1950
House of Representatives Chamber

Overview 

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third President of the United States; wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom.

The 23 marble relief portraits over the gallery doors of the House Chamber depict historical figures noted for their work in establishing the principles that underlie American law. They were installed when the chamber was remodeled in 1949-1950.
 
Created in bas relief of white Vermont marble by seven different sculptors, the plaques each measure 28 inches in diameter. The eleven profiles in the eastern half of the chamber face left and the eleven in the western half face right, so that all look towards the full-face relief of Moses in the center of the north wall.
 
The subjects of the reliefs were chosen by scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and the Columbia Historical Society of Washington, D.C., in consultation with authoritative staff members of the Library of Congress. The selection was approved by a special committee of five Members of the House of Representatives and the Architect of the Capitol.
 
The plaster models for these reliefs are on display on the walls in the Rayburn House Office Building subway terminal.
 
Last Updated: June 27, 2012