Bust of Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Title

Bust of Oliver Wendell Holmes

Subject

Busts (figures)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Brooks, Richard Edwin (1865-1919)

Description

The BPL original was “ordered by the Mayor of Boston, on authority of the City Council, and was paid for by the city,” according to Annual Report of the Trustees and received at that time (January, 1896).

The Boston Medical Library copy was certainly in the library by 1900; incised “Richard E. Brooks, Paris, 1896” on side, and was possibly a gift of James Read Chadwick.

A photographic series of studies was made of Holmes “aet. 75,” or circa 1884. According to the BMSJ (1894), v. 131, p. 376, “The portrait of Dr. Holmes which we publish this week is at once an excellent likeness and a very pleasing picture of him in his later years—for us by far the most so of any which we know. The photograph was taken by the Boston sculptor, Bartlett, with a view to making a bust. The design was given up, as the necessary sittings were irksome to the subject, and we are indebted to Mr. Bartlett and Dr. J. R. Chadwick for the right to the picture. It was not easy for the painter’s brush or the sculptor’s chisel to do justice to Dr. Holmes’s mobile features.”

Abstract

Bronze bust of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Creator

Brooks, Richard Edwin (1865-1919)

Date Created

1896

Rights

The Boston Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in this collection. For use information, consult Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu

Access Rights

Access to the original work depicted requires advance notice. Contact Public Services at chm@hms.harvard.edu for additional information

Is Part Of

Boston Medical LIbrary Artifact Collection

Format

image

Extent

1 bust

Medium

bronze

Type

physical object

Identifier

DigID0002151

Provenance

From the collections of the Boston Medical Library

Files

http://stage.collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/file_upload/0002151_dref.jpg

Citation

Brooks, Richard Edwin (1865-1919), “Bust of Oliver Wendell Holmes,” OnView, accessed March 5, 2024, https://collections.countway.harvard.edu/onview/items/show/6267.

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