John Muir (1838-1914)
Black and terracotta painted plaster
Overall: 28 x 22 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. ( 71.1 x 57.2 x 34.3 cm )
signed: proper left side of base: "JOHN MUIR/Malvina HoffMAN 1919"
The naturalist and explorer John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland, the son of Daniel and Anne (Gilrye) Muir, who immigrated to Wisconsin in 1849. He was one of the first to explore California's Yosemite Valley and in 1890, in conjunction with Robert Underwood Johnson, was instrumental in having it proclaimed a national park. The bronze version of Hoffman's bust of Muir, dated 1918, is located in Forestry Hall of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Gift of the artist
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