James Smithson Portrait

Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Archives

Photograph 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. It was purchased in 1878 from George Henry de la Batut of France.

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