D. K. Este Fisher, et al, vs. Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children of Baltimore City, et al

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Judge Ashley M. Gould, Justice, Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, rules that the bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston of pictures, miniatures, and other articles to a "national gallery of art," are to go to the Smithsonian Institution, which for the purposes of receiving the bequest is adjudged to be the National Gallery of Art.


  • Fisher, D. K. Este
  • Gould, Ashley M
  • Johnston, Harriet Lane 1830-1903
  • Harriet Lane Home (Baltimore, Md.)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • Court Case
  • Title 20, Education
  • Court case


Johnston was the niece of President James Buchanan and served as his First Lady.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 45, Office of the Secretary, 1907-1924 (Charles D. Walcott), Records, Box 78, Folder 15 (Documents)

Contact information

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


  • 1906
  • 07/18/1906


  • Art
  • Art museums
  • Actions and defenses
  • Gifts
  • Art objects


Court case

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Number of pages: 1; Page Numbers: 1

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