First NPG Exhibit Opens

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The first official National Portrait Gallery exhibition is shown in the Arts and Industries Building. The exhibit, "Nucleus for a National Collection," arranged by Curator Robert G. Stewart, opens for the bicentennial of James Smithson's birth, and consisted of 65 portraits by 52 artists. A catalogue of the exhibition was also compiled by Stewart.


  • Stewart, Robert G
  • Arts and Industries Building)
  • National Portrait Gallery (U.S.)
  • Nucleus for a National Collection (Exhibition)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Guide to Smithsonian Archives. Archives and Special Collections of the Smithsonian Institution Number 4. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983, p. 143.
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1966. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1966, p. 297.

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