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Artist:
Edmund Charles Tarbell, 26 Apr 1862 - 1 Aug 1938  Search this
Sitter:
Henry Clay Frick, 19 Dec 1849 - 2 Dec 1919  Search this
Helen Clay Frick, 2 Sep 1888 - Nov 1984  Search this
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 78.7 x 59.1 x 2.5cm (31 x 23 1/4 x 1")
Frame: 90.5 x 70.2 x 3.8cm (35 5/8 x 27 5/8 x 1 1/2")
Type:
Painting
Date:
c. 1910
Exhibition Label:
Like fellow industrialist Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick grew up in a family of limited means. Yet by age thirty he had made his first million dollars and had positioned himself as a key player in America's industrial development. Believing that steel would be the principal building material of the future, Frick amassed his fortune first by supplying coke-fuel made from coal-to the steel industry and later by partnering with Carnegie to create the world's largest steel company. A cutthroat businessman who opposed labor unions, Frick was aggressive in making his operations more efficient. In 1892, during a violent confrontation with steelworkers in Homestead, Pennsylvania, he did not hesitate to call in guards from the Pinkerton Detective Agency and the state militia to break the union's resolve. This double portrait shows the industrialist with his daughter Helen.
Provenance:
The artist; his daughter Mrs. Josephine Tarbell Ferrell; her daughters Mrs. Albert Cannon, Charleston, and Mrs. John W. McLain, Madison, Va.; purchased 1981 through (Carolina Prints & Frames, Charleston, S.C.) by NPG
Topic:
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
Exterior\Landscape  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Feather  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie  Search this
Henry Clay Frick: Male  Search this
Henry Clay Frick: Visual Arts\Philanthropist  Search this
Henry Clay Frick: Visual Arts\Art Collector  Search this
Henry Clay Frick: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist  Search this
Henry Clay Frick: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Manufacturer\Steel  Search this
Helen Clay Frick: Female  Search this
Helen Clay Frick: Visual Arts\Philanthropist  Search this
Helen Clay Frick: Visual Arts\Art Collector  Search this
Helen Clay Frick: Visual Arts\Administrator\Art Museum\Trustee  Search this
Helen Clay Frick: Education\Founder\Library  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.81.121
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm44d8c7fd2-a60d-486f-9209-98a36ed814bb
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.121