Dr. William Henry Holmes

  • Alyn Williams, Dr. William Henry Holmes, 1928, pencil, watercolor, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1931.2.11

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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

Title
Dr. William Henry Holmes
Artists
Date
1928
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sight 5 5/8 x 4 in. (14.3 x 10.2 cm) rectangle
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – medicine – doctor
  • Portrait male – Holmes, William Henry, Dr. – bust
Object Number
1931.2.11
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