Recent Acquisitions: Corcoran Gift Installation

October 9, 2020 - October 24, 2021
man in black coat and stockings standing near a table
“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.

The Portrait Gallery will dedicate its upcoming exhibition of recent acquisitions to gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection. Following the Corcoran’s closure in 2014, the Portrait Gallery received 80 works from the country’s first private museum.

This exhibition will present 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.