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Thomas Birch
Southeast View of "Sedgeley Park," the Country Seat of James Cowles Fisher, Esq.
about 1819
oil
34 1/4 x 48 3/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment



Elegant and stately, this house was the first private residence designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, an architect of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington. “Sedgley Park”—the house and its well-ordered gardens—quickly achieved landmark status and became a destination for visitors, who, like the group pictured here, could walk leisurely around the grounds.