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Feb 24 First Smithsonian Seal

Regents Approve First Smithsonian Seal

 

Regents Approve First Smithsonian Seal

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Year: 
1847
Month: 
february
Day: 
24
Date: 
Wed, 1847-02-24
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The Board of Regents authorizes the creation of a seal of the Smithsonian Institution, with a likeness of James Smithson. A bronze medallion portrait of James Smithson is copied from one attributed to Italian artist Antonio Canova. A noted manufacturer of seals, Edward Stabler, is hired to engrave the seal based on the medallion portrait and a design by Regent Robert Dale Owen.