James Smithson as Oxford Student

ID: 10192 or AI-10192


Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder: 1-A

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Photograph of an oil on canvas portrait of James Smithson in cap and gown, while a student at Pembroke College, Oxford, painted by James Roberts (1753 -c.1809) in 1786. Smithson attend Pembroke College, Oxford, 1782-1786. Painting was purchased in 1850 from the widow of John Fitall, Smithson's former servant to whom he had granted an annuity. The original painting is located in the National Portrait Gallery.


  • Fitall, John
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829
  • Roberts, James 1753 -c. 1809
  • Fitall, Mrs. John
  • Pembroke College (Oxford University)
  • Oxford University


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


  • See Smithson at Oxford engraving for another version. See also SIA RU 7000 and RU 95, B21, F1-A which has photo of painting in frame, neg. #72-3961. Same portrait as #MAH 9077, #10614, 72-3961and #72-3961-A.
  • The collar Smithson is wearing on his gown indicates he has a Master of Arts degree which he received in May 1786.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder: 1-A

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



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ID Number

10192 or AI-10192

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic Print

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