Painting the Ceiling of the Children's Room

ID: 85-7821

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1900

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4

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Grace Lincoln Temple watches from the scaffolding the painting of the ceiling of the Children's Room in the South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building. The original painting was part of a whole design concept initiated by Secretary Samuel P. Langley in 1899, when he was making the room into a children's museum. Temple was responsible for the artistic design in the room which included an illusionistic trellis, about which twined naturalistic grapevines and leaves with birds perched on the trellis against a blue sky.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Children's Room
  • Smithsonian Institution Building South Towers


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Featured in TORCH, November 1985. Also found in Field, Stamm and Ewing, p. 128

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 371 Box 4

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


c. 1900

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  • Women
  • Temple, Grace Lincoln
  • Mural painting and decoration
  • History
  • Children's museums
  • Women--History


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

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

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