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Portrait of Frank Hamilton Cushing

Portrait of Frank Hamilton Cushing
Artist
Thomas Hovenden, born Dunmanway, Ireland 1840-died Plymouth Meeting, PA 1895
Sitter
Frank Hamilton Cushing
Date
1890
Type
Painting
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
16 x 22 in. (40.7 x 55.9 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. F.H. Cushing
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1985.66.312,6
Luce Center Label
Frank Hamilton Cushing was a noted anthropologist for the Bureau of American Ethnology. He spent several years in the Southwest among the Zuni Indians, studying their language and culture. The tribe adopted Cushing and made him a member of their secret society, called the Priesthood of the Bow. (“Initiated by Zuni Indians,” The Washington Post, February 15, 1893) Thomas Hovenden conveyed the man’s athleticism and energy with a casual pose that suggests Cushing might get up and stride out the door, in search of greater adventures.
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, 2A
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor
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