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Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is the oldest federal art collection in the United States. It was founded more than 140 years ago and made part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1858. The museum presently occupies much of the old U.S. Patent Office Building, halfway between the White House and the Capitol (where the collection was temporarily housed in 1841).

The museum's holdings, which are entirely devoted to American art have more than quadrupled since 1968, and the museum's publications and exhibitions have become paramount to the study of art in America. Its holdings of more than 37,000 works of art, in all media, encompass the full range of America's artistic heritage, from colonial times to the present, from well-known masters to less familiar journeymen, active in all regions of the United States and abroad. Among the artists represented in the museum are Gilbert Stuart, Winsolw Homer, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Edward Hopper, Man Ray, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Robert Rauschenberg.

The museum is further distinguished by being the nation’s largest single repository of the works of a number of leading American artists, among them George Catlin, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Paul Manship and William H. Johnson. Art Resource is indeed pleased that it has been selected by the SAAM to function as its commercial rights and permissions department.


Hassam, Childe (1859-1935)
The South Ledges, Appledore. 1913. Oil on canvas, 34 1/4 x 36 1/8 in. (87 x 91.6 cm).
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC / Art Resource, NY