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Identification and Creation
Object Number
John White Alexander, American (Allegheny City, PA 1856 - 1915 New York, NY)
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809 - 1894)
Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
127.6 x 115.6 cm (50 1/4 x 45 1/2 in.)
framed: 165.1 x 151.1 x 19.1 cm (65 x 59 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: J. W. Alexander, Jan. 1883
Commissioned in 1882 by students of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of students of Dr. Holmes to Harvard College for the Medical School, 1883
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Addresses and Exercises at the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Foundation of the Medical School of Harvard University, October 17, 1883, John Wilson and Son (Cambridge, MA, 1883), pp. 41-42

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 23

Catalogue of Paintings: John White Alexander Memorial Exhibition, exh. cat., Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh, 1916), p. 37

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 75-76

Sarah J. Moore, "John White Alexander (1856-1915): In Search of the Decorative" (1992), City University of New York, p. 61, fig. 5

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr., Virginia Anderson, and Kimberly Orcutt, ed., American Paintings at Harvard, Volume Two, Paintings, Drawings, Pastels and Stained Glass by Artists Born 1826-1856, Harvard Art Museums and Yale University Press (U.S.) (Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT, 2008), p. 34, cat. 1, ill.

Exhibition History

John White Alexander Memorial Exhibition, Carnegie Institute, 03/01/1916 - 03/31/1916

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