Framed Portrait of James Smithson as Student

ID: 72-3961

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1786

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder 1-A

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Photograph of the Smithsonian's oil on canvas portrait of James Smithson as a student at Pembroke College, Oxford University, England, 1786. This image shows portrait by James Roberts (1753-c. 1809) within a frame that has a label. Smithson is wearing university robes and seated in a chair. Smithson attended Pembroke College, Oxford University, from 1782 to 1786, studying geology and mineralogy. The painting was purchased in 1850 from the widow of John Fitall, Smithson's former servant to whom Smithson had granted an annuity. The original painting is located in the National Portrait Gallery.


  • Fitall, John
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Fitall, Mrs. John
  • Roberts, James 1753 -c. 1809
  • Pembroke College (Oxford University)
  • Oxford University


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Same portrait as #9077, #10192, #10614, and #72-3961-A.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder 1-A

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



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Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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