James Smithson Portrait by H. Johns

ID: 82-3206

Creator: Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1816

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

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Summary

Photograph is of a portrait of James Smithson (1765-1829), founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, as an adult. The photograph is of a miniature portrait of Smithson done in oil on ivory by Henri Johns on May 11, 1816 at Aix la Chapelle, France, and purchased in 1878 from George Henry de la Batut of France.

Author

Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917

Subject

  • de la Batut, George Henry
  • Johns, Henri
  • Smithson, James 1765-1829

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

Photograph taken by T.W. Smillie, Smithsonian photographer, of miniature (4 2/3" x 5") oil portrait of James Smithson by Henri Johns in 1816. Original miniature is located in the National Museum of American History, Division of Political History. See also neg. #MAH 14574.

Contained within

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

Contact information

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

Date

1816

Restrictions & Rights

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Topic

  • Art
  • Benefactors
  • Smithson family
  • Philanthropists
  • Portraits
  • Art objects

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Portraits

ID Number

82-3206

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 7 x 9; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic Print

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