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Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery

The American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery are housed together in the former Patent Office building (built 1836-1868) near Chinatown in downtown Washington, DC.  New photos will be added periodically.  All photos copyright by Patricia or Michael Lowhorn, as indicated on individual pages.  For technical information or permission to use for other than personal use, contact us at photos@lowhorn.org.

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NEW - Luis Jimenez, Vaquero, modeled 1980, cast 1990, acrylic urethane, fiberglass, steel armature


NEW - John White Alexander, Samuel Clemens, c. 1912, oil on canvas


NEW - Edward Harrison May, detail from Edith Wharton, 1870, oil on canvas


NEW - Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, c. 1880-1884, oil on canvas


NEW - Paul Manship, John D. Rockefeller, 1918, plaster


NEW - A. Frank Randall, Geronimo, c. 1887, albumen silver print


NEW - George Catlin Indian portraits, 1832-38, oil on canvas


NEW - Ferdinand Pettrich, The Dying Tecumseh, modeled c. 1837-46, carved 1856, marble with painted copper alloy tomahawk


NEW - Ferdinand Pettrich, detail from The Dying Tecumseh, modeled c. 1837-46, carved 1856, marble with painted coppper alloy tomahawk


NEW\nUnidentified artist, John Stevens, c. 1830, oil on canvas\nFerdinand Pettrich, Andrew Jackson, replica of 1836 original, marble


NEW\nDaniel Chester French, Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1901, bronze\nSamuel Stilman Osgood, Edgar Allen Poe, 1845, oil on canvas


NEW - Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Adams Memorial, modeled 1886-1891/cast 1969, bronze


NEW - Thomas Hart Benton, Achelous and Hercules, 1947, tempura and oil on canvas mounted on plywood


NEW - Duane Hanson, Woman Eating, 1971, polyester resin, fiberglass, polychromed in oil with clothes, table, chair, and accessories


NEW - Jenny Holzer, For SAAM, 2007, electronic LED array with white diodes


NEW - Jenny Holzer, For SAAM, 2007, electronic LED array with white diodes


NEW - Stained glass detail in the Great Hall


NEW - Overhead stained glass in the Great Hall


Looking from the Great Hall down 8th St. toward the National Archives.


Kogod Courtyard


Shepard Fairey, Obama Hope Portrait. 2008, hand-finished collage, stencil, and acrylic on heavy paper.


Edward Virginius Valentine, George Edward Pickett, 1978 cast after 1875 original, bronze;\nOle Peter Hansen Balling, Ulysses S. Grant, 1865, oil on canvas;\nEdward Virginius Valentine, John Singleton Mosby, 1972 cast after 1866 original, bronze.


Ole Peter Hansen Balling, Grant and His Generals, 1865, oil on canvas.


Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Morning (1950, oil on canvas) and Ryder's House (1933, oil on canvas).


Julia Eckel, Radio Broadcast, 1933-1934, oil on canvas.  From the "1934: A New Deal for Artists" exhibition.


Detail from John La Farge, Peacocks and Peonies II, 1882, stained glass window.


Luce Foundation Center


Mike Wilkins, Preamble, 1987, license plates on vinyl and wood.


James Hampton, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millenium General Assembly, c. 1950-1964, gold and silver aluminum foil, Kraft paper, and plastic over wood furniture, paperboard, and glass.


Albert Bierstadt, The Sierra Nevada in California, 1868, oil on canvas mounted on panel.


Edmonia Lewis, The Dying Cleopatra, carved 1876, marble.


J. William Fosdick, Adoration of St. Joan of Arc, 1896, fire etched wood relief.


Abbott Handerson Thayer, Angel, 1887, oil on canvas.


Great Hall


Great Hall


Chauncey Bradley Ives, Undine, modeled c. 1880, carved 1884, marble.


Gallery featuring 19th-century art from Americans traveling abroad.


Edmonia Lewis, Old Arrow Maker, modeled 1866, carved 1872, marble.


Ferdinand Pettrich, Washington Resigning His Commission, c. 1841, painted plaster


View of Lincoln Gallery (contemporary art)


Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, 49-channel closed circuit video installation, neon, steel and electrical components.


Nam June Paik, Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995, 49-channel closed circuit video installation, neon, steel and electrical components.


Detail from Harry Bertoia, Sculpture Group Symbolizing World's Communication in the Atomic Age, 1959, brazed and welded brass and bronze.


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