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Dr. William Henry Holmes

1925 Moses Wainer Dykaar Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933 marble 28 1/2 x 20 x 12 in. (72.4 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1926.5.6 Not currently on view


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Dr William H. Holmes worked for the Smithsonian for more than fifty years, as an artist, geologist, anthropologist, and curator. His career began when he visited the Smithsonian and sketched a brightly colored bird that was on display. The scientist Professor Henry W. Elliott noticed his talent and employed him as a draftsman. Holmes traveled on numerous exhibitions, which included documenting the topography of the western territories and exploring ancient ruins in Yucatan and Central America. In 1920 he became director of the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Figure male - elderly

Occupation - medicine - doctor

Portrait male - Holmes, William Henry - bust

sculpture

stone - marble

carved

About Moses Wainer Dykaar

Born: Vilna, Russia 1884 Died: New York, New York 1933

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