George de la Batut Claim to Smithson Estate

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George Henry de la Batut, son of Madame de la Batut by her second marriage, writes to the Smithsonian to aggressively state his claim to the Smithson estate. In addition, he mentions his meeting with Thomas Donaldson, and is aggrieved to have received no thanks for the articles of memorabilia he gave. He offers to sell the Institution a full-length portrait of Henry James Hungerford for the sum of 3000 francs. He previously wrote to Secretary Henry to state his claim in 1877.


de la Batut, George Henry


Chronology of Smithsonian History


James Smithson Collection, 1796-1951. Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7000., p. Box 3 Folder 7

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


February 9, 1879


  • Smithson Bequest
  • Controversies

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