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Artist:
Samuel Johnson Woolf, 12 Feb 1880 - 1948  Search this
Sitter:
David Sarnoff, 27 Feb 1891 - 12 Dec 1971  Search this
Medium:
Charcoal and chalk on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 39 × 24.5 cm (15 3/8 × 9 5/8")
Sheet: 55.5 × 44.5 cm (21 7/8 × 17 1/2")
Mat: 71.1 × 55.9 cm (28 × 22")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1941
Exhibition Label:
Born Uzlian, Russia
As a young wireless telegraph operator in 1915, David Sarnoff submitted an idea for a "radio music box" to the Marconi Corporation that would make radio a "household utility," like a piano or phonograph. His idea was dismissed as "folly" at the time, but in 1926 Sarnoff achieved his dream by creating the National Broadcasting Company—the first network to have national broadcasts of music, news, and sports. His next giant step came at the 1939 World’s Fair, when he introduced television: "Now we add sight to sound." Television was a new art he envisioned as "a torch of hope in a troubled world." Sarnoff believed broadcasting had a "gift for democratizing" since people everywhere would have equal access to programming despite their economic status. NBC began its commercial television broadcasting in 1941 from WNBT in New York City, but the onset of World War II interrupted its development until 1945.
Topic:
Indeterminable  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie  Search this
David Sarnoff: Male  Search this
David Sarnoff: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Radio  Search this
David Sarnoff: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Broadcast  Search this
David Sarnoff: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Media  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.80.273
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm48fd691ff-df4a-4cea-b084-0f58b1bb5cd7
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.80.273