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Henry Elliott Johnston

1873 William Henry Rinehart Born: Union Bridge, Maryland 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1874 marble 24 x 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (60.9 x 41.9 x 29.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston 1906.9.15 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


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Henry Elliott Johnston (1831-1884) was a Baltimore railroad executive and banker. He and his wife, Harriet, traveled frequently to Europe to build their art collection, and this bust was created on one of their trips to Rome. Like other wealthy Americans of the Gilded Age, the Johnstons hoped that America would one day compete with European art institutions. They anticipated that their private collection would contribute to that process by becoming part of “a national gallery of art.”

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Portrait male - Johnston, Henry Elliott - bust

Portrait male - Johnston, Henry Elliott - nude

sculpture

stone - marble

About William Henry Rinehart

Born: Union Bridge, Maryland 1825 Died: Rome, Italy 1874

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