Entrance to " George Catlin's Indian Gallery" in the National Collection of Fine Arts

ID: SIA2011-2402 or 50063

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1965

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 314, Box 26, Folder: Catlin Installation Photos (Master Set)

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Summary

In the Natural History Building, entrance is to "George Catlin's Indian Gallery" in the Art Hall, National Collection of Fine Arts, now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The gallery displayed four hundred George Catlin Indian paintings. The original paintings were acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1879 and first exhibited in 1883 in the Smithsonian Institution Building, the "Castle." In the 1900s the majority were placed in the Anthropological Collection from which the paintings for this exhibit were loaned. The paintings were cleaned and renovated to be displayed in this new exhibit, "George Catlin's Indian Gallery," which was shown from July 19 to September 19, 1965, and were mounted "in a setting and manner approximating Catlin's own gallery of the mid-19th century."

Subject

  • Catlin, George 1796-1872
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Catlin Indian Gallery
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • National Collections

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Folder 20 has 26 other photos of this event. Folder 2 has 20 slides as well.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 314, Box 26, Folder: Catlin Installation Photos (Master Set)

Contact information

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

Date

1965

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Topic

  • Art
  • Art, American
  • American Art
  • Entrances
  • Historians
  • Exhibitions
  • Exhibit openings
  • Art history
  • Art--Exhibitions
  • Art objects
  • Indians of North America
  • Painting

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

SIA2011-2402 or 50063

Physical description

Number of Images: 1 ; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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