Regents' Room with James Smithson's Coffin

ID: MAH-15883

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1904

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 31A Folder 12

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James Smithson's (c.1765-1829) casket in the Regents' Room, South Tower of the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle," before its transfer to the Crypt at the North Entrance. An exhibit of Smithson memorabilia can be seen in cases along the wall. Smithson's remains were brought to the United States by Smithsonian Regent Alexander Graham Bell. Also visible is the Regents' Room fireplace designed by Hornblower and Marshall, flanked by chairs designed by James Renwick.


  • Renwick, James 1818-1895
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Hornblower & Marshall
  • Smithsonian Institution Building Regents' Room
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Institution Building South Towers


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For more information see, Field, Stamm and Ewing, "The Castle" and an unpublished ms by Richard Stamm.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 31A Folder 12

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



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  • Tombs
  • Smithson, James
  • Benefactors
  • Memorials
  • Smithson family
  • Exhibitions
  • Death and burial
  • Crypt
  • Furnishings
  • Furniture
  • Smithson, James--Death and burial


  • Photographic print
  • Interior

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

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