Antique Steel Engraving of Marcia Van Ness

4844 Antique Steel Engraving of Marcia Van Ness by T.B. Welch Main view-2525 x 3279.jpg

Marcia Burnes Van Ness (1782-1832) was a prominent philanthropist in Washington, D.C., joining her friend Dolley Madison to establish the Washington City Orphan Asylum. Her grandfather, David Burnes II, owned land that Pierre L'Enfant, who designed the basic plan for the city, wanted to locate the White House and government buildings on. After prolonged bickering, with George Washington among others,