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Henry Elliott Johnston

Henry Elliott Johnston
Artist
William Henry Rinehart, born Union Bridge, MD 1825-died Rome, Italy 1874
Sitter
Henry Elliott Johnston
Henry Elliott Johnston
Date
1873
Type
Sculpture
Medium
marble
Dimensions
24 x 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 in. (60.9 x 41.9 x 29.2 cm)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1906.9.15
Luce Center Label
Henry Elliott Johnston (1831-1884) was a Baltimore railroad executive and banker. He and his wife, Harriet, traveled frequently to Europe to build their art collection, and this bust was created on one of their trips to Rome. Like other wealthy Americans of the Gilded Age, the Johnstons hoped that America would one day compete with European art institutions. They anticipated that their private collection would contribute to that process by becoming part of “a national gallery of art.”
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor