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 Marshall H. Holmes  (1836 - )

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Lived/Active: Illinois/Minnesota      Known for: painting, drawing and teaching

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
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 institutions.

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 for publication."

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