Installation View of Smithsonian Photography Exhibition Art Section

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Thomas Smillie was the Smithsonian's first photographer and curator of photography, beginning his career at the institution in the 1870s. In 1913 he mounted an exhibition on the history of photography in the Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building, showcasing many of the remarkable advancements made in the field that he feared had already been forgotten or disregarded. Photograph possibly taken by Thomas W. Smillie.


  • Also known as RU95_Box78_18669 [SPI_294]
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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 79, Image No. 18669

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1913
  • C. 1913

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  • Photography
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Local number

SIA RU000095 [18669]

Physical description

Cyanotypes (photographic prints); 8.5h x 10w

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