Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery


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Short Introduction

National Portrait Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institute, narrates American history through portraits of individuals who have made significant contributors to culture.

The collection contains two Muybridge self-portraits that have been digitized online: an 1887 Collotype 'Self-Portrait, figure in motion' and an 1872 Albumen silver print self-portrait, seated at the base of a famous sequoia tree known as "General Grant" in Yosemite National Park.

Further information for researchers can be found through the NPG's 'Center for Electronic Research and Outreach Services' (CEROS)

Further collections items may also be available. Please contact the gallery for more information.

Online Presence

National Portrait Gallery Collections Search

Collection Items:

Photographic Material

Prints: 2

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Visiting Address:
Eighth and F Streets, NW, D.C., 20001

Postal Address:
National Portrait Gallery
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 973
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Phone: +1 (202) 633-8300



Lead Contact:
Center for Electronic Research and Outreach Services(

Open Hours:
11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily
Closed December 25

Accessibility of Muybridge Collections to Public:
Online access of unrestricted data and images is available via the Portrait Search page on the gallery website, which contains database of nearly 70,000 portrait records. (

Call (202) 633-8230 to make an appointment regarding accessing the NPG's physical collection.
Appointments to visit the Center for American Portraits (CAP) can be made by calling (202) 633-8260.

'The CAP is open to the public, preferably by appointment, on weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except for federal holidays. Located in the National Portrait Gallery offices in the Victor Building at 750 9th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., the Catalog of American Portraits can be reached by taking the red, yellow, or green Metro line to Gallery Place, 9th and G Street exit.' (

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