He was made an associate of the National Academy of Design, New York, in 1860, and a full academician in 1861.
In 1825 he was one of the founders of the National Academy of Design, and was its first president, from 1826 until 1845.
Further educational facilities are provided by a national library with about 50,000 volumes, a national museum, with a valuable historical collection, the Cajigal Observatory, devoted to astronomical and meteorological work, and the Venezuelan Academy and National Academy of History - the first devoted to the national language and literature, and the second to its history.
Barker in Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Science, vols.
Soc., 1905; Packard, Memoirs of National Academy of Sciences (1888); Pickering, Journ.