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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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.


  • 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


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

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

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


c. 1915

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

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