James Smithson Engraving

ID: MAH 14574 or MAH14574

Creator: Heliotype Printing Co

Form/Genre: Engraving

Date: c. 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder: 1

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Engraving of James Smithson as an adult, based upon a miniature portrait of Smithson done in oil on ivory by Henri Johns on May 11, 1816 at Aix la Chapelle, France, and purchased in 1878 from George Henry de la Batut of France. The engraving was prepared by the Heliotype Printing Company, Boston, c. 1881, and published in sepia tone in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 21. The original portrait is located in the National Portrait Gallery.


  • de la Batut, George Henry
  • Johns, Henri
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Heliotype Printing Co


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For additional information, see Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 21, pp. viii, 1 and 16. See also neg. #82-3206.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder: 1

Contact information

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


c. 1881

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  • Art
  • Engraving
  • Benefactors
  • Smithson family
  • Busts
  • Philanthropists
  • Portraits
  • Art objects



ID Number

MAH 14574 or MAH14574

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Bust; Medium: Engraving

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