Postcard of the National Gallery of Art

ID: SIA2013-07216 (front) and SIA2013-07217 (back)

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Form/Genre: Postcard

Date: post-1941

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 22

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Summary

Sepia postcard of the National Gallery of Art. The view of the building is from across the National Mall. The message side is blank.

Subject

  • West Building of the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Gallery of Art (U.S.)

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

  • The National Gallery of Art was established by an endowment from Andrew Mellon, which he formed in 1930, known as the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. The National Gallery of Art was originally going to be part of the Smithsonian. In 1931, Charles Greeley Abbot, fifth Secretary of the Smithsonian (term 1928-1944), appointed Mellon to be Commissioner of the Smithsonian Institution's National Gallery of Art. Ultimately, Mellon and his trust decided to establish an institution for art separate from the Smithsonian and took on the name "National Gallery of Art," while the Smithsonian's galleries (called the National Gallery of Art from 1906-1937) took on the name "National Collection of Fine Arts," now the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.
  • Accession 83-035.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 34, Folder: 22

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

post-1941

Restrictions & Rights

No restrictions

Topic

  • Postcard
  • Museum buildings
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • Art museums
  • Buildings

Place

Washington (D.C.)

Form/Genre

  • Postcard
  • Paper

ID Number

SIA2013-07216 (front) and SIA2013-07217 (back)

Physical description

Number of Images: 2; Color: Sepia; Size: 5.5w x 3.5h; Type of Image: Postcard; Medium: Paper

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