Alexander Graham Bell

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.

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

Title
Alexander Graham Bell
Artist
Date
1922
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
22 122315 in. (57.258.438.1 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
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