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Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, by Unknown, 1972, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 72-4230.

March 30, 1979

The re-installation of the Grand Salon of the Renwick Gallery of the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is completed, displaying 19th century works from the collection.

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