Bjorn P. Egeli, Portrait Painter

ID: SIA2011-0860

Creator: Tolman, Ruel P (Ruel Pardee) 1878-1954

Form/Genre: Person, candid

Date: January 1936

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook A-N

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Bjorn P. Egeli, an American portrait artist, stands in front of a window dressed in a winter coat and scarf. He had a one-man exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Gallery of Art foyer [now the Smithsonian American Art Museum] from February 5-12, 1936, that included 34 portraits.


  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • Herbjorn (Bjorn) Peter Egeli (1900-1984) was a Norwegian-born artist who was well-known for his portraits.
  • This image was taken by Ruel P. Tolman, former Director of Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts [now the Smithsonian American Art Museum] and is included in a scrapbook of photographs of Smithsonian staff, grounds and buildings, exhibitions, and Washington, D.C. scenes (Section E).

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7433, Box 3, Folder: Scrapbook A-N

Contact information

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


January 1936

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  • Portrait painters
  • Exhibitions
  • Artists
  • American Artists


  • Person, candid
  • Photographic print

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 2.25w x 2.25h; Type of Image: Person, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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