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Portrait of Frank Hamilton Cushing

1890 Thomas Hovenden Born: Dunmanway, Ireland 1840 Died: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 1895 oil on canvas 16 x 22 in. (40.7 x 55.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. F.H. Cushing 1985.66.312,6 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Portrait of Frank Hamilton Cushing

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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.

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Occupation - science - scientist

Portrait male - Cushing, Frank Hamilton

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Born: Dunmanway, Ireland 1840 Died: Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania 1895

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