This is a great print from 1848, showing the view looking south and west from the White House.

Washington, from the presidents house: vue de Washington, prise de la maison du president / Washington vom hause des prasidenten gesehn
Washington, from the presidents house: vue de Washington, prise de la maison du president / Washington vom hause des prasidenten gesehn

Source: Library of Congress

Update: Oops, the comment below is correct. This is east, not west. I should have said south and left.

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  • literary lady

    This view looks to the Capital building so it must be to the south and east. If west, what are we looking at in the distance?

    • tenley

      since when is the capitol east of the white house?

  • tenley

    now we have one that never works. I lived in NY for 7 years and
    Paris for 4, and I can’t recall any delays or single tracking as announced every day in DC.