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Wisconsin State Capitol Interior — Assembly Detail | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Wisconsin State Capitol Interior — Assembly Detail

Wisconsin State Capitol Interior — Assembly Detail | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Detail of the Assembly Chamber photograph, showing the visitors' gallery, the oversize brackets that supported it, and the ornamentation of the gallery. As originally decorated in 1869 the iron brackets are known to have been painted to resemble wood; the metal columns were faux marble, with their iron caps painted white and gilded. The space between the ornamentation of the cornice and the ceiling centerpiece was light blue and the chamber walls were stippled in violet. Overall, a more colorful appearance than could be expected from the black and white image.
DESCRIPTION
Detail of the Assembly Chamber photograph, showing the visitors' gallery, the oversize brackets that supported it, and the ornamentation of the gallery. As originally decorated in 1869 the iron brackets are known to have been painted to resemble wood; the metal columns were faux marble, with their iron caps painted white and gilded. The space between the ornamentation of the cornice and the ceiling centerpiece was light blue and the chamber walls were stippled in violet. Overall, a more colorful appearance than could be expected from the black and white image.
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:23453
Creation Date: February 15 1899
Creator Name:Unknown
City:Madison
County:Dane
State:Wisconsin
Collection Name:Single Item Oversize
Genre:Photograph
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 5-926D
Original Dimensions:9.5 x 6.5 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
See also Image ID: 23440. Maude Keene Gill, the daughter of an assemblyman, visited during the 1880s and later recalled that the chamber was then decorated in blue and white, with red carpeting and red plush divans between windows. "Papa had a desk on the outer row, next to the wall, and while the session was in progress, I would sit on the divan back of him and industriously make paper flowers." The degree to which these earlier descriptions of the chamber differed from the 1899 photograph is not documented by any known sources.
SUBJECTS
Architectural details
Balconies
Galleries (Architecture)
Wisconsin State Capitol
Suits (Clothing)
Indoor photography
Men
Columns

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