The Basics

Artist
Francisco Iardella
Materials
Sandstone
Year
1824
Dimensions
Above the "Surrender of Lord Cornwallis" Painting
Location

Above four of the large Rotunda paintings in the U.S. Capitol are decorative panels of wreaths and portraits of early explorers carved in relief into the sandstone walls. The three sculptors who decorated the Rotunda were employed during the rebuilding of the Capitol after the fire of 1814.

Between the decorative panels of wreaths and portraits, historic scenes, also in relief, circle the Rotunda walls.