War Portrait Room of National Gallery

ID: 8625B or MAH-8625B

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1924

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 311, Box 31, Folder 7

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War Portrait Room, 1924, located on the second floor of the National Gallery of Art (NGA), now the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), in the new United States National Museum (USNM) building, now the Natural History Building (NHB). The National Art Commission had been developed to commission American artists to create a pictorial record of World War I through portraits of leaders from America and Allied Nations. The 20 portraits that resulted formed the core of what became the National Portrait Gallery (NPG).


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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 311, Box 31, Folder 7

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  • Art
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Art, American
  • Exhibitions
  • Portraits
  • National Art Commission
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  • Art--Exhibitions
  • Art--United States


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  • Photographic print
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ID Number

8625B or MAH-8625B

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8x10; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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