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.
Miniature Diorama of John Gellatly Collection
- ca. 1924-1929
- Not on view
- open: 11 7⁄8 in. × 12 1⁄4 in. × 6 in. (30.2 × 31.1 × 15.2 cm); closed: 11 7⁄8 in. × 6 1⁄4 in. × 6 1⁄4 in. (30.2 × 15.9 × 15.9 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of John Gellatly
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- wood, fabric, glass, and other materials
- Object – art object – painting
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