Washington - President's House (plan)

Description: Original competition plan of the President's House, Washington. Scale of plan: 6'=1"; later 7.25'=1"; for the section, twice these figures. Note by Jefferson regarding scale of drawing at lower right corner area.
Date: 1792
Medium: Ink & wash, with some pencil sketch lines
Support: Laid paper, watermarked
Dimensions: 53.2 cm x 71.2 cm (20-15/16" x 28-1/16") -- measured: JH 22JUL93
Condition: Linen backed; split along vertical crease at center due to fold; losses at corners, at center top edge, and along crease at approx. 6" from bottom edge (circular area approx. 3-1/2" dia.) patched with Fabriano paper (20th c.); assorted stains throughout sheet (especially along edges); areas of abrasian at center top & bottom edges; tear at center left edge, minor tears along top & bottom edges; crease & edges dirty; discoloration throughout sheet, right half lighter shade than left half
Author: James Hoban
Owner: MHi
Classification: N-396 , K-179
Publication History:
Author: Kimball
Title: Thomas Jefferson Architect
Date: 1916
Author: Nichols
Title: Jefferson's Architectural Drawings
Date: 1984

Commentary: Drawing not by TJ. Shadow of legend (erased pencil marks) at lower right (not TJ ms). (JH)