Lower Invertebrates Exhibit in West Wing, Smithsonian Institution Building

ID: 2002-10680

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1901

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 19, and Box 31A, Folder 29

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Summary

Lower Invertebrates exhibit in the West Wing of the Smithsonian Institution Building or "Castle." Models of a giant squid and an octopus, designed for the Tennessee Exposition of 1897, hang from the ceiling over the exhibit cases. These painted plaster casts were considered art objects, not scientific specimens, by the head curator of the Department of Biology, but large specimens were difficult to preserve and display.

Subject

  • Smithsonian Institution Building West Wing
  • Smithsonian Institution Building (Washington, D.C.)
  • Tennessee Centennial Exposition

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

The original negative number is 17381, but that negative has been lost. See "The Castle" pg. 110-111

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 41, Folder 19, and Box 31A, Folder 29

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1901

Restrictions & Rights

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Topic

  • Art
  • Giant squids
  • Models (representations)
  • Exhibitions
  • Biology
  • Octopuses
  • Octopus
  • Models and modelmaking
  • Art objects

Form/Genre

  • Photographic print
  • Exhibit

ID Number

2002-10680

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Medium: Photographic print

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