William Henry Rinehart's "Sleeping Children"

ID: SIA2011-0034

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1930

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7320, Box 2, Folder: 38

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William L. Brown's favorite sculpture on display as part of the National Collection of Fine Arts in the Natural History Building is William Henry Rinehart's "Sleeping Children" (today at SAAM, Acc # 1920.4.1).


  • Rinehart, William Henry 1825-1874
  • Brown, William L
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building
  • National Collection of Fine Arts


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  • On the back of the photograph is the following: "Sleeping Children, Sculptor William Henry Rinehart, Born in 1825 - 1874 - 49 yrs old, Lived in Baltimore, MD., Gift of Mrs. Benjamin H. Warder, Nat'l Collection of Fine Arts., Wash. 25, D.C."
  • Also written on the back: by William L. Brown: "I enjoyed seeing this piece of sculpture more than anything I had ever seen done by human hands. Marble is such a hard material but Rinehart made it look soft. In my 51 years and 4 months I worked at the Institution I never lost an opportunity to see it when ever I could. Brown. I am sorry it is not a better photograph."

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7320, Box 2, Folder: 38

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


c. 1930

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  • Metamorphic rocks
  • Sculpture
  • Marble


  • Photographic print
  • Statue

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 4.5w x 3.25h; Type of Image: Statue; Medium: Photographic print

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