W. H. Holmes Named Director of Art Gallery

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William Henry Holmes becomes the first Director of the National Gallery of Art, which is established as a separate bureau of the Smithsonian Institution the same year. Holmes holds the position until 1932.


  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • National Collection of Fine Arts)
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Kloss, William. Treasures from the National Museum of American Art. Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985, p. 14.

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