Dominique Francois Arago, by Sartain, John 1808-1897, Mid to late 19th century, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Dominique Francois Arago (1786-1853), a French physicist, astronomer and social activist, was a close friend of James Smithson, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution. Engraved for Eclectic Magazine by Sartain..