Washington, D.C., 1815 the Streets of the Nation's Capital

Reference Art

This etching by Alexander Rider published in 1817 provided the animation team with visual information about the F Street area and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Jesse Torrey, A Portraiture of Domestic Slavery in the United States (Philadelphia, 1817), facing 43.


Reference Art

This 1817 watercolor painting of the corner of F Street and 15th Street by Anne-Marguérite, Baroness Hyde de Neuville, provided more information about the style and locations of the surrounding buildings.

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library, "Le coin de F. Street Washington vis-à-vis nôtre maison été de 1817," New York Public Library Digital Collections.


Reference Art

Our reproduction of the Hyde de Neuville painting.


3D Model

A 3D model of the F Street tavern allowed the director to explore various angles for the exterior master shot.


Final Composite Scene

Fully animated and composited master shot.


Final Composite Scene

Animation of the F Street tavern fire, including buildings composited together based on the artworks of Alexander Rider and Anne-Marguérite Hyde de Neuville.


Reference Art

A wood engraving depicting a coffle of enslaved people passing the U.S. Capitol around 1815.

"A slave-coffle passing the Capitol. Washington D.C.," in A Popular History of the United States (New York: Scribner, Armstrong, and Company, 1876-1881), Retrieved from the Library of Congress.


Reference Art

A drawing of the west face of the U.S. Capitol created sometime between 1814 and 1820.

"[U.S. Capitol and Pennsylvania Avenue before 1814]," Retrieved from the Library of Congress.


Reference Art

A sketch of early Washington used by the team at the Imaging Research Center of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, in their virtual recreation of Capitol Hill in 1814.

Imaging Research Center, UMBC, "Visualizing Early Washington: A Digital Reconstruction of the Capital ca. 1814," YouTube, August 3, 2009.


Final Composite Scene

The final composite scene depicting the coffle on Pennsylvania Avenue walking toward the tavern on F Street.