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Artist:
Paul Howard Manship, 24 Dec 1885 - 31 Jan 1966  Search this
Sitter:
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr., 8 Jul 1839 - 23 May 1937  Search this
Medium:
Plaster
Dimensions:
Object: 54.6 x 48.3 x 27.9cm (21 1/2 x 19 x 11")
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1918
Exhibition Label:
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.
Provenance:
Paul Manship [1885-1966]; gift to National Collection of Fine Arts (now Smithsonian American Art Museum) 1965; transferred to NPG 1970
Topic:
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Male  Search this
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson  Search this
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Visual Arts\Philanthropist  Search this
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist  Search this
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Health and Medicine\Philanthropist  Search this
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Oil  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of the artist, 1965
Object number:
NPG.70.32
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 123
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.70.32