Dr. William Henry Holmes

  • Moses Wainer Dykaar, Dr. William Henry Holmes, 1925, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1926.5.6

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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.

Title
Dr. William Henry Holmes
Artist
Date
1925
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
28 1/2 x 20 x 12 in. (72.4 x 50.8 x 30.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist

Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – medicine – doctor
  • Portrait male – Holmes, William Henry – bust
  • Figure male – elderly
Object Number
1926.5.6
Palette
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