Alyn Williams, Dr. William Henry Holmes, 1928, pencil, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1931.2.11
In 1920, William Henry Holmes became the first director of the first National Gallery of Art, now the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He was an accomplished anthropologist, archaeologist, artist, and geologist. Holmes’s many talents made him indispensable on many archaeological expeditions to New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico, and South America.
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“Dr. Holmes was always sparse in physique and seemingly delicate, but his agility was remarkable. In mountain climbing no one could keep up with him . . . He was never too busy to be polite, but he was always busy.” Walter Hough, American Anthropologist, 1933
Dr. William Henry Holmes
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sight 5 5/8 x 4 in. (14.3 x 10.2 cm) rectangle
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of the artist
- Occupation – medicine – doctor
- Portrait male – Holmes, William Henry, Dr. – bust
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