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The Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution create the National Gallery Commission and appoint five artists, five experts, and five patrons of the fine arts to serve on it. The commission is "to promote the administration, development, and utilization of the National Gallery of Art, including the acquisition of material of high quality representing the fine arts; and the study of the best methods of exhibiting material to the public and its utilization for instruction."Their first meeting was held on June 8, 1921.


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


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1921. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1922, p. 49.

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


May 27, 1921


  • Art
  • History
  • Art--History

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