Engraving of Robert Kennicott

ID: SIA2011-1226

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Form/Genre: Portraits

Date: C. 1860s

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7073, Box 2, Folder: 5

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Summary

Engraving of Robert Kennicott done by the Western Engraving Co. Chicago.

Subject

  • Kennicott, Robert
  • Megatherium Club
  • Scientific Corps

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Robert Kennicott (1835-1866) was an explorer and naturalist noted for his field work in Alaska. Interested in natural history from a young age, he began sending specimens to Spencer Baird and the Smithsonian Institution. Though based in Chicago for most of his short career, he also worked in Washington, D.C. with Spencer Baird to organize the Smithsonian's amphibian and reptile collections. While in D.C. he lived in the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle" and was a member of the Megatherium Club. Kennicott died in Alaska on May 13, 1866, while commanding the Russian-American Telegraph Expedition, also known as the Western Union Telegraph Expedition.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7073, Box 2, Folder: 5

Contact information

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

Date

C. 1860s

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Topic

  • Explorers
  • Scientific expeditions
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Portraits
  • Expeditions
  • Kennicott Expeditions

Place

Alaska

Form/Genre

  • Portraits
  • Engraving

ID Number

SIA2011-1226

Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Sepia; Size: 4.5w x 5.25h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Engraving

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