"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Sunday, March 27, 2016

John D. Rockefeller

This 1918 plaster statue of John D. Rockefeller by Paul Manship can be found in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
"John D. Rockefeller once remarked, 'The only question with wealth is, what do you do with it?' By 1913, Rockefeller, a founder of the Standard Oil Company, had amassed an estimated $900 million, earned from an aggressive reorganization of the oil industry, which granted his company a virtual monopoly and him a tough reputation. An emblem of self-made success, the controversial tycoon rehabilitated his reputation in later years by supporting charitable causes such as medicine, education, and the Baptist Church. Paul Manship's bust reflects the transformation, depicting Rockefeller as a generous benefactor rather than a ruthless industrialist." -- National Portrait Gallery

This photo of Rockefeller appeared in the Bertie Forbes 1917 book,  Men Who are Making America.

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