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William Henry Holmes
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(1846-1933)

William Henry Holmes
Harbour Scene, watercolor, 19" x 24", 22"x27" framed, s.l.l. "W.H.
Holmes", nameplate "Harbor Scene, William H. Holmes, 1846-1933"
Born in Cadiz, Ohio. Lived in Washington, DC, c. 1870; Chicago, 1894-97; Royal Oak, MI, 1932.

Painter, writer, music director, teacher, illustrator, archaeologist. Panoramist of the Grand Canyon. 1870, joined the staff of the Smithsonian Inst., where he was an artist, scientist and administrator. Was an art ed., Art and Archaeology; field artist, U.S. Geological Survey, with Hayden (1872), in Colorado (1874), New Mexico and Arizona (1875); artist-geologist, on Clarence Dutton’s expedition to the Grand Canyon of the Colorado in 1880; curator, Univ. Chicago, 1898-1906; NGA, 1901-20; anthropology at the Field Columbian Museum; dir., NGA, 1920-32. Illustr.: Dutton’s “Tertiary History of the Grand Canyon.” Taught at Univ. Chicago; ASL of Washington, DC, 1890’s.

Studied: McNeely Normal School, 1870; T. Kauffmann in Washington, DC; Munich Academy.

Member: Cosmos Club (president, 1907); Washington AC; Washington WCC (president); Society of Washington Artists (president); Washington Landscape Club; AFA; Washington Society FA (president).

Exhibited: NAD; AIC; Brooklyn A; Boston AC, 1901, 1908; Corcoran Gallery, 1919-26 (4 exhibits with a a solo in 1919). Awards: Washington WCC, 1900, 1902; First Corcoran Prize, 1902; Appalachian Expo, 1910 (silver medal).


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