Joseph Henry

  • Herbert Adams, Joseph Henry, ca. 1911, plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition, XX1

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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.

Title
Joseph Henry
Artists
Date
ca. 1911
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
12 x 18 x 21 in. (30.4 x 45.7 x 53.2 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum acquisition

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – ceremonial – academic dress
  • Portrait male – Henry, Joseph – bust
Object Number
XX1
Palette
URL
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