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Herron Tablet: detail of Benefactors Tablet [sculpture] / (photographer unknown)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum
On photo mount label: K. T. F. Bitter. Tablet to benefactors of the John Herron Art Institute. Indianapolis, John Herron Art Institute. Classification Number: 282/B624/951. Accession: 47286

Schevill, Ferdinand, "Karl Bitter: a biography," Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1917.

1 photographic print : b&w, 8 1/4 x 5 1/8 in. (trimmed), mounted on 9 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. board.

Elachertus benefactor

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Calliephialtes benefactor

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

Spathius benefactor

NMNH - Entomology Dept.

The Benefactor

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Book jacket design for "The Benefactor," part of Susan Sontag series. On gray ground, a black and white photoillustration of a sculptural work by Garnett Pruett depicting a male figure. Surrounding the image, a winding rectangular line in red. Author's name in green text above, title in red text within pale yellow rectangle below. At spine, author's name in black text, title in red text within pale yellow rectangle, publisher's name and colophon (logo) in black at bottom. At back cover, printed text description and excerpts from reviews. Credits at lower left, bar code at lower right.

Presentation of Benefactor Medallion

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, January 1973

Secretary S. Dillon Ripley presents the Benefactor Medallion to Mrs. Marguerite Henrich Kellogg (widow of A. Remington Kellogg, Assistant Curator Division of Mammals, USNM, 1928-1948; Director, USNM, 1948-1962; Assistant Secretary and Acting Director of National Museum of Natural History, 1958-1962), 18 December 1972. Mrs. Kellogg is the first recipient of the Medal. She has established a research fund in her husband's memory to advance knowledge of fossil marine mammals and has given the Institution her husband's scientific library.

James Smithson Quotation

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Reproduced in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, Volume 21. Original appears to have been destroyed in fire of 1865.

'Everyman is a valuable member of society who by his observations, researches and experiments procures knowledge for men.' Written by James Smithson, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, date unknown.

The First Principles of Chemistry

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
"The First Principles of Chemistry," William Nicholson, London: printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1790. One of 213 books from James Smithson's personal library which came to the Smithsonian with his bequest.

Secretary Ripley at Quad Construction

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, October 1984

The original negative number is 84-11196-8, but because of the quailty of the original negative, the original photograph was re-scanned and given new negative and digital file numbers.

Eighth Smithsonian Secretary (1964-1984) S. Dillon Ripley (1913-2001) inspecting construction at the Quadrangle building site with (from l.), Charles Blitzer, Arthur M. Sackler, founding donor of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Jill Sackler, and Mary Livingston Ripley. Quadrangle complex is to house the International Center, National Museum of African Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.

James Smithson Memorial Plaque

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
See also negative #53254 and #53255

Plaster model for James Smithson memorial plaque commissioned by the Smithsonian Board of Regents in 1896. James Smithson (c.1765-1829), founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution, died in Genoa, Italy, in 1829. He was buried in the nearby English cemetery, and a memorial plaque was placed at his grave site in 1896 by the Regents. After the turn of the century, the Smithsonian was notified of plans to move the cemetery to allow quarrying at the site. In 1904, Smithsonian Regent Alexander Graham Bell brought Smithson's body to the United States.

Three copies of the Smithson Tablet or memorial plaque were made in bronze and two copies were made in Carrara marble. The artist for the plaque design was William Ordway Partridge of New York City. The plaque features a carved profile of James Smithson with the inscription, "James Smithson -- FRS -- Founder of the Smithsonian Institution -- Washington. Erected by the Regents of the Institution 1896." Initially, two bronze copies were cast in 1896. One was placed at the Smithson grave site outside Genoa and one was installed in the nearby Church of the Holy Spirit.

The memorial plaque at the grave site was later stolen and replaced with a facsimile of Carrara marble in 1900. That plaque was brought to Washington, D.C., in 1904, when Smithson's remains were moved to the Smithsonian and remains in the Crypt Room of the Smithsonian Castle today. The bronze in the Church of the Holy Spirit was lost during World War II; the church was gutted by fire and many artifacts were lost. A replacement marble facsimile was carved by Rafaello Romanelli of Florence and installed in 1963. A third bronze copy of the memorial plaque was cast and sent to Pembroke College, Oxford University, where Smithson attended school, in 1898, where it remains today.

Travels Through the States of North America

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
'Travels Through the States of North America, and the Provinces of Upper and Lower Canada, during the years 1795, 1796, and 1797' by Isaac Weld, Jun. London: John Stockdale, 1807. Volume 1 of 2. One of 213 books from James Smithson's personal library which came to the Smithsonian with his bequest.

Struggles Through Life Exemplified in the Various Travels

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
"Struggles Through Life, Exemplified in the Various Travels and Adventures in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America," by Lieutenant John Harriott, London: printed for the author by J. Skirven, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme, 1808. Volume 1 of 2. One of 213 books from James Smithson's personal library which came to the Smithsonian with his bequest.

Thomas George Hodgkins

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Original negative number is SA-683, 10182, but that negative has been lost. Original painting is brown, SIA has one color print.

Thomas George Hodgkins, 1803-1892, benefactor of the Smithsonian Institution, left an initial bequest of $200,000 to the Institution for research, especially on the atmosphere. Hodgkins Medal is given in his name. This photograph is of a bust portrait located at the National Portrait Gallery.

John A. Roebling

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
John A. Roebling, II (November 21, 1867- February 2, 1952), son of Washington A. Roebling and grandson of John A. Roebling, famous civil engineers. John A. Roebling, II financed several expeditions for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. The Robelings also donated a mineral collection to the U.S. National Museum.

Catalogue Methodique et Raisonne de la Collection des Fossiles

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
"Catalogue Methodique et Raisonne de la Collection des Fossiles, de Mlle. Eleonore de Raab," par Mr. de Born, Vienna: Aux depens de J. V. Degen, par I. Alberti, 1790. One of 213 books from James Smithson's personal library which came to the Smithsonian with his bequest.

Handwritten Draft of James Smithson Will, Pages 1 and 3 and 2 and 4

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
72-3960-A (pages 1 and 3) and 72-3960 (pages 2 and 4).

The final version of the will was written on October 23, 1826 and proved on November 4, 1829 and is located at the National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey. To view a digital facsimile of the Court's version of the final three-page will of James Smithson that was submitted to the Chancery Court after his death in 1829, visit The National Archives of Great Britain web site at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ under wills.

Full text of the four page, double-sided handwritten draft of James Smithson's will, in which he specifies his bequest to the United States. This handwritten draft of Smithson's will was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1878 from George Henry de la Batut of France. The draft may have been written by Smithson's clerk.

James Smithson as Oxford Student

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
See Smithson at Oxford engraving for another version. See also SIA RU 7000 and RU 95, B21, F1-A which has photo of painting in frame, neg. #72-3961. Same portrait as #MAH 9077, #10614, 72-3961and #72-3961-A.

The collar Smithson is wearing on his gown indicates he has a Master of Arts degree which he received in May 1786.

Photograph of an oil on canvas portrait of James Smithson in cap and gown, while a student at Pembroke College, Oxford, painted by James Roberts (1753 -c.1809) in 1786. Smithson attend Pembroke College, Oxford, 1782-1786. Painting was purchased in 1850 from the widow of John Fitall, Smithson's former servant to whom he had granted an annuity. The original painting is located in the National Portrait Gallery.

Charles Lang Freer

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Appears to be taken at the same time as the photograph of Freer by Steichen found in the booklet, 'Fifth Presentation of the Freer Medal,' located in the SIA Information File, 'Freer Gallery of Art,' thus it is attributed to Steichen in 1916.

Portrait photograph of Charles Lang Freer (1856-1919), industrialist, art collector, and founding donor of the Freer Gallery of Art, probably by Edward Steichen, c. 1916. In this bust view of Freer, he is looking straight at the camera.

Model for Seated Statue of James Smithson

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Statue can be seen on display in the "Smithson to Smithsonian: The Birth of an Institution" exhibition held at the National Museum of American History in 1996 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Smithsonian Institution.

Model created in 1930 for a statue of James Smithson seated, bronzed plaster, by John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (1867-1941), the artist who created Mount Rushmore. Statue was never actually cast. Model is located in the National Portrait Gallery.

Bern Dibner Is Presented with Coin Set

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, January 1975

Eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution S. Dillon Ripley (seated) presents Bern Dibner (standing) with a silver dollar set in a fragment of marble from the National Museum of History and Technology, now the National Museum of American History, on November 25, 1974. Charles Blitzer is sitting at Ripley's left. Dibner donated his collection of rare books and manuscripts in the history of science to the Smithsonian.

Enid A. Haupt and Lady Bird Johnson

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, June 1988

Enid A. Haupt (l.) and Lady Bird Johnson in the Enid A. Haupt Garden in the South Yard of the Castle, on their way to a celebration being held for Mrs. Johnson in the Arts and Industries Building, April 24, 1988, in honor of her 75th birthday. Mrs. Haupt, a New York philanthropist and noted supporter of horticultural projects, donated funds to build the garden over the underground complex consisting of the National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (AMSG), and S. Dillon Ripley International Center (RC).

Henry James Hungerford

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Original negative number is 91-6952 and 10734 MHT, but that negative has been lost. From Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, volume 21.

Silhouette portrait of Henry James Hungerford (c. 1808-1835) (AKA Henry James Dickinson and Baron Henri de la Batut), nephew of James Smithson, son of Smithson's half brother, Henry Louis Dickinson. Smithson bequeathed his estate to Hungerford, who died without heir in Pisa, Italy, in 1835. The estate then went to the United States to found the Smithsonian Institution, as specified in Smithson' s will.

James Smithson Portrait by H. Johns

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
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.

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.
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