These are some great prints of Washington as it looked in the mid-1790s. They were done by George Isham Parkyns and they show a slightly different and more pastoral landscape.

View of the suburbs of the city of Washington
View of the suburbs of the city of Washington
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Here is the print of the Potomac and I’m guessing that island is Roosevelt Island.

view of the Potomac River in the 1790s
view of the Potomac River in the 1790s
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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.