Alexander Graham Bell

  • Moses Wainer Dykaar, Alexander Graham Bell, 1922, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1929.12.10

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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.

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“The more intelligent the person the better portrait he makes.” Moses Dykaar, The Washington Post, 1932

Title
Alexander Graham Bell
Artist
Date
1922
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
22 1/2 x 23 x 15 in. (57.2 x 58.4 x 38.1 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – science – inventor
  • Portrait male – Bell, Alexander Graham – bust
Object Number
1929.12.10
Palette
Linked Open Data
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