old senate chamber

The United States Senate, A.D. 1850 (in sepia)
drawn by Robert Whitechurch, engraved by Peter F. Rothermel 
1855 

“The Great Triumvirate” – Henry Clay stands introducing the Compromise of 1850, Daniel Webster is seated to Clay’s left, and John C. Calhoun is seated to the left of the speaker’s chair. This image, colorized, memorably adorns the cover of Michael Holt’s magnus opus, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party.