The View From the Castle: Now in their fifth year, 'twin' museums in the old Patent Office are booming, but they are not yet as well known as they should be

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Smithsonian Secretary S. Dillon Ripley describes the progress of the National Collection of Fine Arts and the National Portrait Gallery, both housed in the old Patent Office Building. Ripley names and briefly describes successful exhibits that both museums have displayed, such as "The Hand and the Spirit", "From Within", the "discovery" of Alfred Maurer, "If Elected...", and "The Lazzaroni." NCFA director Joshua C. Taylor and NPG director Marvin Sadik are praised.


  • Sadik, Marvin S
  • Taylor, Joshua Charles 1917-
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library
  • Fine Arts and Portrait Galleries Building (FA&PG)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Smithsonian Vol. 4, no. 2 (Journal)

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


May 1973


  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Castle View
  • Exhibitions
  • History
  • Art--History
  • Art museum directors
  • Art objects


United States

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