Patent Office Building, Interior

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An engraving of the interior of the Patent Office Building with visitors looking at the exhibits in the cases. Also the gallery displayed sculptures and paintings. A man is seated at a desk reading. In the upper left corner there is a small view of the exterior of the building. The building is now the National Museum of American Art/ National Portrait Gallery building. Originally drawn by E.J. Meeker and it appeared in Harper's Weekly (v. xxxv, no. 1790, p. 268), April 11, 1891.


  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Patent Office Building (POB)


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Record Unit 285 has been re-housed, please check the Master Finding Aid for original photograph.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 24

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



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  • Art museums
  • Architecture
  • Washington, D.C
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Museum visitors
  • Buildings--Washington, D.C


  • Engraving
  • Interior

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 9w x 7h; Type of Image: Interior; Medium: Engraving

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