Illustration by Maria Rabinky

William Wirt House Architectural Illustration

William Wirt House watercolor Architectural Illustration

William Wirt House Architectural Illustration is created for Virginia Commonwealth University by a professional illustrator and artist Maria Rabinky.

 

William Wirt¬†(1772 ‚Äď1834) was an¬†American¬†author and statesman. He was a one who had credited with turning the position of¬†United States Attorney General¬†into one of influence. Wirt was the longest-serving Attorney General in U.S. history. He was also the¬†Anti-Masonic¬†nominee for president in the¬†1832 election.

William Wirt had been elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. And In 1816, he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Virginia.

 

William Wirt was Aaron Burr’s prosecutor during the latter’s 1807 trial in Richmond, VA. Later in 1817, he had become James Monroe’s Attorney General and still holds the record for the longest time serving in that position.

 

He had moved to Richmond from Norfolk in 1806, seeking the more interesting field for his practice of law, and at some point, occupied the uniquely styled frame house on Leigh Street.

In 1816 William Wirt bought the Michael Hancock House and had moved just six blocks away from that location. He lived at this house only a short time and then moved to Washington in 1818. In Washington, DC, Wirt served under President Monroe. But the reputation earned makes him its most famous resident of the house located at the corner of East Main Street and North 5th Street.

The house shown in the illustration is the house located at the corner of East Main Street and North 5th Street.

 

The William Wirt House Architectural Illustration was commissioned by Virginia Commonwealth University art history professor Charles E. Brownell, Ph.D. The illustration was used in the professor’s art history lectures as well as for fundraising events at VCU.

 

This William Wirt House Architectural Illustration is created in traditional style: watercolor on watercolor paper.

 

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