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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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.


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


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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.

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

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

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