Published: September 29, 2016
ALEXANDRIA, VA. — While the 555-foot tall obelisk we know as the Washington Monument has been shut down indefinitely to work on elevator problems, its less lofty sibling envisioned in a painting by Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830-1902) rose to $200,000, including buyer’s premium, at Potomack Company’s September 24-25 auction.
The painting, titled “Project for a Washington Monument, City of Baltimore,” will be included in the upcoming catalogue raisonne on Bierstadt authored by Melissa Webster Speidel. It depicts the Washington Monument in Baltimore, a 178-foot doric column designed by American architect Robert Mills, who also designed the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. No elevator in this one — 227 steps to the top affording an excellent view of the city. Shown in Bierstadt’s painting is the grassy areas on either side of the monument, still visible today. The road leading up to the monument is Charles Street and the church in the foreground is likely the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 West Madison Street, Baltimore, built in 1875.
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