Gellatly Collection's Formal Opening

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The collection, donated by John Gellatly in 1929, is formally opened to the public. The National Gallery of Art (later renamed the National Collection of Fine Arts and now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum) presents the exhibition in the Natural History Building of the United States National Museum.


  • Gellatly, John 1853-1931
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)
  • United States National Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Natural History Building


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Smithsonian Institution, Catalog of American and European Paintings in the Gellatly Collection (4th Edition), Baltimore, MD. The Lord Baltimore Press, 1954, p. 5

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


June 22, 1933


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