Alexander Graham Bell
1922 Moses Wainer Dykaar Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933 plaster 22 1/2 x 23 x 15 in. (57.2 x 58.4 x 38.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1929.12.10 Not currently on view
Luce Center Quote
“The more intelligent the person the better portrait he makes.” Moses Dykaar, The Washington Post, 1932
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Alexander Graham Bell is known around the world for his invention of the telephone in 1876. He created many other innovative devices, including a gigantic man-lifting kite, a balancing rudder for airplanes, and a telephone probe to detect bullets in the human body. He would often get up in the middle of the night to work out a new idea, and once took apart his wife’s new venetian blinds in order to construct a propeller. Bell was a lecturer on vocal physiology at Boston University and a founder of the American Association for the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf.
Occupation - science - inventor
Portrait male - Bell, Alexander Graham - bust