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With the backing of the Smithsonian Institution, the American Federation of Arts, and the American Mission to Negotiate Peace, the National Art Committee plan to oversee a project in which American artists paint the portaits of prominent World War leaders from America and the allied nations. This is the initial step in the creation of a national portrait gallery. The members of the committee upon its organization are Hon. Henry White, Herbert L. Pratt, Mrs. W.H. Crocker, Robert W. deForest, Abram Garfield, Mrs. E.H. Harriman, Arthur W. Meeker, J. Pierpont Morgan, Charles P. Taft, Henry C. Frick, and Charles D. Walcott.


  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Holmes, William H. Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, p. 8.

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


January, 1919


  • Art
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  • Art--History
  • Art objects

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