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Wisconsin State Capitol (Second) Wengler Sketch

Wisconsin State Capitol (Second) Wengler Sketch
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Title: Wisconsin State Capitol (Second) Wengler Sketch
Description: A watercolor view of Madison by Johann B. Wengler, an Austrian who traveled in America, 1850-1851. Wengler's watercolor is the earliest known realistic representation of the second State Capitol and its Madison environs. King Street was then the heart of Madison's commercial district and the thoroughfare to the front entrance. Prominent on the left side of King Street is the Madison Hotel built in 1838 and razed in 1863. During its early years it was the location for many political meetings. The original watercolor is owned by the Oberoesterreichisches Landesmuseum, Linz, Austria.

Image ID: 2933
Wengler, John B.
City, State: Madison, Wisconsin
Wengler, Johann Baptist : Photographs of Water Color Sketches
Genre: Drawing
Board sidewalks were common during this era.
Subjects: Trees
Central business districts
Cities and towns
Wisconsin State Capitol
Commercial buildings

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