Crawford's Bio to come soon....

Thomas Crawford's ideas were not uninfluenced by the political climate in which he worked, as is shown by excerpts from a letter that Montgomery Meigs sent to Crawford and Hiram Powers:

'Our history of the struggle between civilized man and the savage, between the cultivated and the wild nature,' would appeal 'to the feelings of all classes," wrote Captain Meigs in August 1853 to Crawford and Powers. Realizing that the expansion of the Capitol would afford numerous locations for sculptural decorations in emulation of ancient temples, Meigs cautioned the two artists that the American public can not "appreciate too refined and intricate allegorical representations...Consequently,...Meigs suggested that the artists consider the theme of racial conflict for the Senate and House tympana, a subject that had been the basis for the American literary canon and could be seen elsewhere in the Capitol Rotunda. (Fryd 112)


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