Miniature Diorama of John Gellatly Collection

  • Ralph Seymour, Miniature Diorama of John Gellatly Collection, ca. 1924-1929, wood, fabric, glass, and other materials, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of John Gellatly, 1929.8.530

This diorama re-creates in miniature a few elements from the diverse art collection of John Gellatly, an early benefactor to the Smithsonian Institution. In 1929 Gellatly donated more than 1,600 works to support the growing national art collections in Washington, D.C., including paintings, antiquities, and Venetian glass. This velvet-covered case with folding doors was made by his personal curator and butler, Ralph Seymour, and it depicts the collector’s favorite corner” with tiny replicas of a painting by Abbott Thayer and a large wooden desk covered in specimens of glass. 

Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, 2021.

Title
Miniature Diorama of John Gellatly Collection
Artist
Date
ca. 1924-1929
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
open: 11 78 in. × 12 14 in. × 6 in. (30.2 × 31.1 × 15.2 cm); closed: 11 78 in. × 6 14 in. × 6 14 in. (30.2 × 15.9 × 15.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of John Gellatly

Mediums
Mediums Description
wood, fabric, glass, and other materials
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – art object – painting
Object Number
1929.8.530
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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