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Washington painting reclaims place in State House
Washington painting reclaims place in State House

Back in 1859, when one of Maryland's most prized paintings was first hung in the State House, workers took out a fireplace in the Senate chambers to install the mammoth piece. There it hung for decades, its bulky, gilded frame at eye level with state senators who puffed on cigars and hawked into spittoons while conducting the business of the Free State. More than a century passed without a proper restoration. "The sheer size of it made it hard, which was good for the painting," said Elaine Rice Bachmann, a historian for the State House. "It was spared from well-meaning but disastrous restorations." On Friday, after more than a year's work, a dozen...

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