Illustration for article titled The Historic American Monument That Was Never Built

This is how one painter imagined the perfect American monument, in the 1860s. He called it "Historical Monument of the American Republic."


Erastus Salisbury Field (1805-1900) was a portrait artist and painter in the United States. Though he was famous for painting portraits at top speed, he worked on this particular painting for 21 years, from 1867 to 1888. It's a fanciful image that combines famous American landmarks and architecture into one citiscape.

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