SI Collection of American Indian Portraits

ID:

Creator:

Form/Genre:

Date: 1857

Citation:

Download IIIF Manifest Request permissions Download image Print

Narrow Your Results

Reset

Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.
 

Summary

In his annual report, Secretary Joseph Henry mentions that, during the past year, the John Mix Stanley collection of Indian portraits has been increased by a number of new pictures, and expresses again his hope that the U.S. Congress will appropriate funds for purchase of the collection, to keep it from being dispersed. In the 1858 annual report, he mentions the addition of portraits, painted at the expense of the government, of Indians who have visited Washington. These, with the Stanley paintings, now form perhaps the most valuable collection in existence of illustrations of the native inhabitants of the country. In addition, busts of distinguished individuals which are in the Patent Office collection are added to the exhibit in the Smithsonian gallery.

Subject

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

Category

Chronology of Smithsonian History

Notes

  • John Mix Stanley painting of a seated Native American, c. 1850s. Smithsonian Institution Archives, negative number 21906.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1857, p. 36.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1858, p. 41-42.

Contact information

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

Date

1857

Topic

  • Loans
  • Art
  • Finance
  • Historians
  • Ethnology
  • Anthropology
  • Exhibitions
  • Portraits
  • Interagency Transfers
  • Art objects
  • Indians of North America

Place

North America

Full Record

View Full Record