The Resource Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]

Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]

Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design], 1849
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Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]
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  • Drawing is signed: "Designed and drawn by Edward B. White, Architect, Charleston, South Carolina." Watermark: "J. Whatman / Turkey Mill / 1848." This accession is part of a group of designs that were submitted in a competition for the Washington Monument in Capitol Square. It includes copies of two letters of transmittal dated 16 November and 3 December 1849. The watercolor perspective drawing includes an extensive narrative explanation of the design
  • This is an artificial collection of records, Capitol Square data, assembled from several sources, including governor's office letters received, General Assembly records, and the office of the Auditor of Public Accounts
Agency history record (0008-25560) describes the history and functions of the Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) (search for Virginia Auditor of Public Accounts (1776-1928) as author)
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  • On 16 February 1816 the General Assembly passed a resolution authorizing the governor to inquire of Bushrod Washington whether he and his family would permit the remains of George and Martha Washington to be removed from the vault at Mount Vernon and placed in a monument to be built in Richmond by public subscription. Although the Washington family refused to grant permission to transfer the remains, popular support for a proposed Washington monument in Richmond resulted in the collection of a large sum of money. On 22 February 1828 the General Assembly authorized the governor to invest the money in state stock as the Washington Monument Fund. Several plans for the monument were considered before that of Thomas Crawford, of Philadelphia, was accepted. His equestrian monument to George Washington was unveiled in Capitol Square on 22 February 1858.
  • Edward Brickell White (1806-1882), was a prominent architect in Charleston, South Carolina. He is credited with designing several churches in Charleston as well as additions to the old Citadel facility.
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entry no. 668
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Auditor of Public Accounts inventory
Capitol Square data : Washington Equestrian Statue, [Proposed design]
  • Located in the LVA General Architectural Files Collection, Folder 114
  • CD # 141
  • The Library of Virginia
47 x 62 cm.
2 sheets
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Donor information unavailable.
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(Perspective drawing) pencil, pen and ink, and watercolors (?) on paper; (sections and plan) pencil and pen and ink
Representative fraction of scale
Scale of section and plan: 1 in. equals 18 ft.

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