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

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Andrew W. Mellon

This 1927 bust of Andrew Mellon by Jo Davidson stands in the library in the east wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Mellon was NGA’s founder.
Andrew William Mellon (March 24, 1855 – August 26, 1937), sometimes A.W., was an American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector, and politician. From the wealthy Mellon family of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he established a vast business empire before transitioning into politics. He served as United States Secretary of the Treasury from March 9, 1921, to February 12, 1932, presiding over the boom years of the 1920s and the Wall Street crash of 1929. A conservative Republican, Mellon favored policies that reduced taxation and the national debt in the aftermath of World War I. -- Wikipedia

Jo Davidson - Paris - 1927

See Jo Davidson's description of his conversation with the Secretary of the Treasury concerning this bust and Davison's terra-cotta study for it in the National Portrait Gallery.

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