Louise Hoover's Painting of Joseph Henry

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This image is of a painting by Louise Rochon Hoover, titled, "Professor Henry Posts Daily Weather Map in Smithsonian Institution Building, 1858." Joseph Henry, the first Smithsonian Secretary, is depicted showing visitors the weather map displayed in the Smithsonian Institution Building and updated every day. This painting was one of nine by different artists commissioned by the Smithsonian to illustrate events in Smithsonian history for the Smithsonian exhibit at the Chicago Century of Progress Exposition in 1933.


  • Henry, Joseph 1797-1878
  • Hoover, Louise Rochon
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Meteorological Project


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See Record Unit 192, United States National Museum accession #113652. Letter of 12/6/32 to Mrs. Hoover at the Star Building, Washington, invites her to apply to complete the work. Accession file also contains photographs of the exhibit, showing a wall with this painting. In addition: Neg. #s 84-2073 (without frame), 84-2074 (with frame), same as A31052-E, 84-2072 (shows the 1933 exhibition)

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7005, Box 186, Folder: 4 and Record Unit 95, Box 11, Folder: 12

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



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  • Secretariats
  • Century of Progress Exposition
  • Secretaries
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Meteorology
  • Museum visitors


  • Photographic print
  • Group, candid

ID Number

84-2074 and 31052-E and 94-12563

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Group, candid; Medium: Photographic print

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