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Cast of the fist of Oliver Wendell Holmes

Item Information

Title:
Cast of the fist of Oliver Wendell Holmes
Description:
Made at the request of librarian James Read Chadwick, the bronzed fist of Holmes was displayed in the original Holmes Hall of the Boston Medical Library’s building following the memorial meeting on October 30, 1894. The sculptor, Truman Howe Bartlett, claimed that when asked if he would hold a pen while the mould was being made, Holmes refused and, doubling up his fist like a prizefighter's, said,"Take it that way; that does not show the old man’s wrinkles, does it?" Fist of Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) cast in bronze
Creator:
Bartlett, Truman Howe, 1835-1923
Date:
January 29, 1886
Format:
Objects/Artifacts
Genre:
bronze
Location:
Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Collection (local):
Boston Medical Library Art and Artifact Collection
Boston Medical Library Artifact Collection
Series:
Boston Medical Library Art and Artifact Collection
Subjects:
Bronze (metal)
Casts (sculpture)
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894
Bartlett, Truman Howe, 1835-1923 (artist)
Extent:
1 cast
Link to Item:
Terms of Use:
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Notes:
From the collections of the Boston Medical Library
Identifier:
DigID0002126