Herbert Adams, Joseph Henry, ca. 1911, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition, XX1
Joseph Henry was the grandson of Scottish immigrants and a self-made man who became a prominent scientist. The unit of electromagnetic induction is named the “henry” after him. In 1846, in recognition of his abilities as a scientist, professor, and leader, he was chosen to be the first secretary and director of the Smithsonian Institution. This plaster bust was cast from a full-size bronze in the Library of Congress. The larger statue is one of sixteen that encircle the rotunda, symbolizing different elements of human achievement. Henry represents man’s accomplishments in science.
- ca. 1911
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12 x 18 x 21 in. (30.4 x 45.7 x 53.2 cm)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Dress – ceremonial – academic dress
- Portrait male – Henry, Joseph – bust
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