William Henry Holmes

ID: SIA2008-3014

Creator: Harris & Ewing Photographers

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1915

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 13, Folder 35

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Summary

William Henry Holmes, 1846-1933, was an artist, geologist, and anthropologist. A "Renaissance man" of many talents, Holmes was hired by the Smithsonian as an illustrator in 1871, traveling out west on the famed Yellowstone expeditions. Fascinated by the Native American culture he observed out West, in 1889 he joined the staff of the Smithsonian's Bureau of American Ethnology, and directed it from 1902 to 1909. Holmes was also curator of anthropology for the Smithsonian (1897-1932), but never lost his interest in art, and also served as curator and director of the emerging National Gallery of Art (1906-1932), now the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He was known for his landscape paintings of the Washington, D.C., area.

Author

Harris & Ewing Photographers

Subject

  • Holmes, William Henry 1846-1933
  • National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian
  • Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology
  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • National Collection of Fine Arts
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.) Dept. of Anthropology
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

Category

Historic Images of the Smithsonian

Notes

This portrait of himself has been signed by Holmes. Original Neg. No. is SA-687.

Contained within

Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 95, Box 13, Folder 35

Contact information

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

Date

c. 1915

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Topic

  • Artists
  • Anthropology
  • Art muesums
  • Archaeology
  • Portraits
  • Art museum directors
  • Anthropologists
  • Archaeologists

Form/Genre

Photographic print

ID Number

SIA2008-3014

Physical description

Color: Black and White; Size: 8w x 10h; Type of Image: Portrait; Medium: Photographic print

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