Portrait of William Henry Holmes

ID: 2002-12134

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1931

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 311, Box 27, Folder 7

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Portrait of Dr. William Henry Holmes, first curator and director of the National Gallery of Art of the Smithsonian, now the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, seated in a chair. It was painted in 1931 by E. Hodgson Smart. Dr. Holmes began his career as a scientific illustrator for the United States National Museum. After participating in several western exploring expeditions, he became a noted geologist. During those expeditions, he also became interested in Native American culture and subsequently became Curator of Anthropology in the National Museum and director of the Bureau of American Ethnology. He was also noted for his own art work including Washington, D.C. area landscapes and western panoramas.


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


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Original negative number is 20192.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 311, Box 27, Folder 7

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  • Smart, E. Hodgson
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Color: Black and White; Size: 8 x 10; Type of Image: Art Work; Medium: Photographic print

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