Seeing America – Periods: 1800-1848


















Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze, Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way (mural study for the United States Capitol), 1861, oil on canvas, 33-1/4 x 43-3/8 inches (Smithsonian American Art Museum)
Americans looked to define the nation’s identity, independence, and their ideals in the nineteenth century.

1800–1848