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Women in Art

Women in Art

The Oil painting of the Baptism of Pocahontas Painting is located in the Rotunda.

Women depicted in the art of the United States Capitol and Legislative Buildings.

Many women of achievement are depicted in the art of the United States Capitol and Legislative Buildings. As the following list shows, these women have played significant roles in the development of the American nation from colonial times through the modern era. In addition to these figures, numerous unidentified women appear in historical works and in generalized scenes of American life; many allegorical figures, such as the Statue of Freedom, are also female.


Paintings and Portraits:

Baptism of Pocahontas (depicts Pocahontas, her sister, Mrs. Forrest, and Anne Laydon)
Oil on canvas by John G. Chapman, 1840. Located in the Rotunda.

Hattie Caraway
by John Oliver Buckley, Senate Collection

The Florida Case before the Electoral Commission (depicts wives and daughters of Presidents and Members of Congress, leading female reporters, and other notable women of the day)
by Cornelia A. Fassett, Senate Collection

Embarkation of the Pilgrims (depicts Mrs. Brewster, Mrs. White, Mrs. Winslow, Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. Rose Standish, Mrs. Bradford, Mrs. Carver)
Oil on canvas by Robert W. Weir, 1843. Located in the Rotunda.

General George Washington Resigning his Commission (depicts Martha Washington and her granddaughters)
Oil on canvas by John Trumbull, 1824. Located in the Rotunda.

Mrs. Motte Directing Generals Marion and Lee to Burn her Mansion to Dislodge the British
by John Blake White, Senate Collection

Pocahontas
by unknown artist, Senate Collection

Amanda Gardiner Walter
by Abraham Woodside, House wing

Representative Corinne "Lindy" Boggs
by Ned Bittinger, House wing

Representative Shirley Chisholm
by Kadir Nelson, 2008. Located in House wing

Representative Edith Nourse Rogers
by Howard Chandler Christy, Cannon House Office Building.

Representative Jeanette Rankin
by Sharon Sprung, Located in House Wing


Statues and Busts

Rosa Parks
Bronze by Daub and Firmin Studios, LLC, 2013.

Helen Keller
Bronze by Edward Hlavka, 2009. 

Mother Joseph
Bronze by Felix W. de Weldon, 1980. 

Esther Hobart Morris
Bronze by Avard Fairbanks, 1960. 

Jeannette Rankin
Bronze by Terry Mimnaugh, 1985. 

Dr. Florence Rena Sabin
Bronze by Joy Buba, 1959. 

Sakakawea
Bronze by Leonard Crunelle, 1909; copied by Arizona Bronze Atelier in 2003. 

Maria L. Sanford
Bronze by Evelyn Raymond, 1958. 

Sojourner Truth
Bronze by Artis Lane, 2009. 

Frances E. Willard
Marble by Helen Farnsworth Mears, 1905. 

Sarah Winnemucca
Bronze by Benjamin Victor, 2005. 

Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony
Marble by Adelaide Johnson, 1921. 


Murals

Captain Smith and Pocahontas
Fresco by Constantino Brumidi, 1880. Scene in the Rotunda frieze.

Challenger (depicts Christa McAulliffe and Judy Resnik)
Oil-on-canvas mural by Charles Schmidt, 1987. Located in the Senate wing, first floor, outside Room S-121.

Clara Barton (vignette)
Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).

Ann Hutchinson (vignette)
Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).

Jeannette Rankin (vignette)
Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).

Rotunda as a Hospital During the Civil War, 1862 (depicts Clara Barton)
Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1974. Located in the House wing, first floor, east corridor (Hall of Capitols).

Women's Suffrage Parade (depicts Anna Howard Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt)
Oil-on-canvas mural by Allyn Cox, 1982. Located in the House wing, first floor, central east-west corridor (Great Experiment Hall).


Interior Sculpture

Preservation of Captain John Smith by Pocahontas
Sandstone relief by Antonio Capellano, 1825. Located in the Rotunda, above west door.


Exterior Sculpture

Columbus Doors
Queen Isabella, in door panel "Audience at the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella" and statue in niche beside panel.

Lady Beatrix de Bobadilla, statue in niche beside door panel "Departure from the Convent of La Rábida".
Bronze by Randolph Rogers, 1861. Located in the East Rotunda entrance.