May 19, 1883 The relics of George Washington and other distinguished persons are transferred from the Commissioner of Patents to the National Museum. In addition, the Col. G.W. Lewis family collection of Washington relics, purchased for $12,000 by Congressional appropriation, and never previously unpacked, are transferred to the National Museum. Included in the Lewis collection are two portraits of George and Martha Washington by John Trumbull, considered among the choicest treasures of American art.
Posted: 19 May 2016