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Two Figures Walking Across a Bridge at a Water mill

William Henry Holmes


H 12.5in x W 18in


William Henry Holmes was a traditional style painter, as exhibited by this lovely small oil painting of a waterfall next to a mill. It is especially charming with two figures walking across the bridge.
William Henry Homes, in addition to being an artist, was an archeologist, teacher, writer and illustrator. He was born in Cadiz, Ohio in 1846 and was educated in the public schools of Georgetown, Ohio and was a teacher until 1872. He studied art with Theodore Kaufmann in Washington, D.C. and the Munich Art Academy in Germany. In 1872 he became field artist for the United States Geological Survey and by 1876 was a full-fledged geologist. In 1880 he accompanied Clarence Dutton on a Grand Canyon geological exploration doing "double page" panoramas that earned him a reputation as a skilled panoramic landscape painter. In 1884 to 1886, he did a study of Pueblo Indians in Mexico and from that time, held positions as Head Curator of Chicago's Field Museum and Chief of the Bureau of American Ethnology from 1902 to 1920 when he became Director of the National Gallery of Art. He passed away in Royal Oak, Michigan in 1933.

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