An Enduring Image: Arkansas' Old State House

This online exhibit features photos, prints, watercolors, and engravings. Artwork in the exhibit dates back as far as the 1800s to recent color photographs. Images displayed include an Edwin Brewer watercolor circa 1963 and Fern Edie Knecht's "The Second of the State Capitols at Little Rock" (as it appeared on the cover of the centennial edition of The Gazette) from the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and a William Chamberlain pastel from the Arkansas Arts Center.During the last 160 years, the Old State House has been the subject of countless paintings, sketches, engravings, and even two United States postage stamps. An Enduring Image brings a wide array of artwork together for the first time in a fitting tribute to Arkansas's most famous landmark.

Other unique items of interest include prints by Richard DeSpain, George Trapp, and F. B. Sandusky, drawings by J. Carl Hancock, a poster of President Bill Clinton in front of the State House, and a large Bruce Anderson watercolor, which was purchased from the Villa Marie estate auction.

The museum is always looking for original artwork depicting the Old State House. Please contact us if you know of any.