Stairwell Room: Revolutionary Annapolis Wall

A Front View of the State House etc. at Annapolis the Capital of Maryland

Artist: Attributed to Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827), 1789
Medium: Ink on paper
MSA SC 194

State House - Stairwell Room   

The State House and Public Circle, 1789

This engraving, attributed to Charles Willson Peale, was published in the February 1789 issue of the Columbian Magazine. The State House is shown with the dome that was constructed between 1786-1797. To the right of the capitol is the Conference Chamber, used by Maryland’s Upper House and gGovernor from 1718-1779, the octagonal outdoor privy, known as the “public temple,” and the Old Treasury Building built in 1735. The home of cabinetmaker John Shaw is visible at the far left.

When first published in 1789, this engraving was not colored. The colors on this print copy of the engraving were probably added in the 19th century and do not reflect the original appearance of the dome.



KEy Images on the

Samuel Chase
Burning of the Peggy Stewart
Plan of the Harbour and City of Annapolis
The Honorable Thomas Stone
A Front View of the State House...
Charles Carroll of Carrollton

William Paca

Lord Ligonier Advertisement

Charles Calvert and Slave

The Fatal Stamp

Key Documents on the Wall

The Deputy Commissary's Guide...

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

John Shaw # 1 Des