James Smithson's Tomb near Genoa, Italy

ID: 82-3202

Creator: Photo Engraving Co. of New York

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1881

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder 7-B

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Engraving of James Smithson's grave in the Protestant or English cemetery on a hilltop near Genoa, Italy. The inscription reads: "This monument is erected, and the ground on which it stands purchased in perpetuity by Henry Hungerford, esq., the deceased's nephew, in token of gratitude to a generous benefactor and as a tribute to departed worth."


Smithson, James 1765-1829


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


Sepia tone version in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collection, volume 21, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1881, p. 10. Also have photograph of the site, located in SIA RU7000, B5, F11. Have numerous copies of engraved plate.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 21, Folder 7-B

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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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  • Tombs
  • Smithson, James
  • Benefactors
  • Memorials
  • Smithson family
  • Death and burial
  • Smithson, James--Death and burial


Genoa (Italy)


  • Photographic print
  • Exterior

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Color: Sepia; Size: 4 1/2 x 7; Type of Image: Exterior; Medium: Photographic print

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