Recent Acquisitions: Gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art

October 9, 2020 – October 23, 2022

James Madison by Thomas Sully, 1809. Oil on panel. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Frederic Edwin Church). The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the country’s first private museums, was established in 1869 to promote art and American genius. In 2014, the works from the Corcoran Collection were distributed to institutions in Washington, D.C.

National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, North Wing Floor Plan

This exhibition presents more than 25 gifted works, including portraits of cultural figures Louis Armstrong, Katharine Graham, and Frida Kahlo; presidents James Madison and Zachary Taylor; and the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Joseph Henry.