Stanley Indian Portraits Displayed in SI Building




Date: March 22, 1852


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Secretary Joseph Henry reports that John Mix Stanley deposited a gallery of Indian portraits (completed between 1842 and 1852) in the West Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle." The portraits generate much interest among visitors.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Stanley, John Mix 1814-1872
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building West Wing


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Image is Stanley portrait of Native American with pipe, c. 1860s. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number nhb-21805.
  • The Stanley Gallery of Indian Portraits was later destroyed in the January 24, 1865, fire in the Smithsonian Castle.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1854, p. 26
  • Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 18, number 329. "Journals of the Proceedings of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution 1846-76, Reports of Committees, Statistics, Etc." ed. by William J. Rhees. Washington: Published by the Smithsonian Institution, 1879., p. 83

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March 22, 1852


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