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|The following, submitted by Gene Meier, is from the History of Chicago, by A.T. Andreas, Volume III, p.422|
"M.H. Holmes, most favorably known in art circles, was born at
Philadelphia, on December 24,1836. He is the son of T.W. and
Martha (Hayes) Holmes, both artists of standing, his father being the
oldest teacher of drawing and painting now living in the country.
From him the son inherited many of his characteristic talents and also
received from him a most thorough training in these lines of
which he is now a master himself.
In 1855, Mr. Holmes removed to Minnesota, engaging in various pursuits,
bur devoting his best energies to art. Upon the breaking out of the
War, he joined the service, and remained in it until 1866. During
the same year he actively resumed his profession and, removing to St.
Louis, soon became well-known as one of the most efficient instructors
in the state. He introduced drawing and painting into the Washington
University, in that city, and taught also in many of its leading
When he left St. Louis in 1868, he carried with him the most flattering
endorsements from W.G. Eliot and W. Chauvenet, respectively the
president and chancellor of the University, as well as from others who
were intimately acquainted with him and his methods of instruction.
In 1867 Professor Holmes located at St. Paul. During his
residence there he was connected with Hamline University and founded
the Academy of Fine Arts. Professor Holmes came to this city in
1868, and continued to labor earnestly in his profession, being
connected with the University of Chicago, and Lemuel Moss, its
president; C.H. Fowler, president of the Northwestern University; P.N.
Haskell, superintendent of schools, Hyde Park (Professor Holmes having
been instructor of drawing in the town schools for five years); and
S.S. Norton, president of the Mount Vernon Military Academy, Washington
Heights, Cook County.
In 1875, Professor Holmes established the Chicago School of Art, which
is now flourishing under his direction. Professor Holmes is the
author of Holmes’s Drawing Books, published by Harper Bros.,
and they have received the highest testimonials by the profession and
the press as being the best series ever published. He has
recently prepared a new and more advanced series, which is now ready
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