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The painting of the Surrender of Lord Cornwallis  by John Trumbull.
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Photo of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, Architect of the Capitol in front of the Capitol Building
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Painting of the Signing of the Constitution

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at fax number (202) 228-4602.