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William Henry Powell’s painting of the Discovery of the Mississippi by De Soto
William Henry Powell’s dramatic and brilliantly colored canvas was the last of...

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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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The Capitol Crypt, which now houses statuary and exhibitions, was once used as an informal storage space where bicycles were parked, seen here circa 1900.
The term "crypt" has long referred to a space beneath the main floor...

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Images on the Architect of the Capitol Web site can be downloaded in high-resolution through the AOC Flickr page. These images are in the public domain and, unless otherwise noted, may be used without permission for educational, scholarly, or personal (i.e., nonpromotional, nonadvertising) purposes. These terms also apply to images on the AOC Instagram account and other official web properties.

Image Use

When any of the AOC's images are used in print or electronic publications, the photographic credit line should read "Architect of the Capitol." If an image requires additional use permission, a note to that effect appears on the relevant download page. These images may not be used in any way that would imply endorsement by the Architect of the Capitol or the United States Congress of a product, service, or point of view.

Photographs from the records of the Architect of the Capitol may be used for scholarly or educational purposes; they are not made available for promotional or advertising purposes.

A detail or cropped image may not be used in a publication unless (a) it is clearly identified as a detail or cropped version of the larger work and (b) the full image appears elsewhere in the publication.

For information about ordering images and permission to publish, please contact us through our web form or fax a letter identifying the image that you would like to use and the purpose for which you wish to use it to:

The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP
Architect of the Capitol
U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515
at fax number (202) 228-4602.