Musée No:379.024Regular price £25.00
Artist: William Henry Holmes
William Henry Holmes, (1846-1933), was an American explorer, anthropologist, archaeologist, artist, scientific illustrator, cartographer, mountain climber, geologist and museum curator and director. While studying under Theodor Kaufmann in 1871 in Washington, D.C., he met Fielding B. Meek of the Smithsonian Institution, who hired him to illustrate his palaeontological reports. This was Holmes’s first assignment requiring detailed drawings of fossils and other specimens. An expedition in 1880 through the Grand Canyon resulted in the remarkable drawings and watercolours Holmes made to illustrate Clarence Dutton’s official report of the journey. In later years, Holmes’s interests turned to archaeology and then back to art, when he was named director of the National Gallery of Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in 1920. His watercolours combine poetic mood with a scientist’s eye for the panoramic grandeur of the West.