Gallery of Art in the Smithsonian Institution Building (Uncropped)

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Woodcut from William J. Rhees "An Account of the Smithsonian Institution...." of the Gallery of Art above the Great Hall in the Smithsonian Institution Building (SIB), or "Castle," c.1856. This pre-fire engraving entitled "The Picture Gallery" shows people browsing a room laden with portraits. The room opened with a series of portraits of prominent North American Indians. The engraving was published in the Guidebook of 1857.


  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Smithsonian Gallery of Art
  • United States National Museum
  • Picture Gallery


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Published in "The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building", by Cynthia R. Field, Richard E. Stamm, and Heather P. Ewing, pg. 76. See also Negative # 93-9501 for cropped image.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder: 11

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



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  • Art
  • Engraving
  • Art museums
  • Exhibitions
  • Museums
  • Visitor's Guide
  • Art objects
  • Museum visitors


  • Engraving
  • Interior

ID Number

43804-D or MAH-43804D

Physical description

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

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