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Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame: Aaron Montgomery Ward, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Sculptor:
Horn, Milton 1906-1995  Search this
Subject:
Ward, Aaron Montgomery  Search this
Medium:
Sculpture: bronze; Base: concrete or limestone with marble plaque
Type:
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Sculptures
Owner/Location:
Merchandise Mart 222 North Bank Drive Main entrance plaza Chicago Illinois 60654
Date:
Dedicated June 30, 1953
Notes:
Bach, Ira J., and Mary Lackritz Gray, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculpture," Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983, pg. 101.
Riedy, James, "Chicago Sculpture," Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1981.
Gray, Mary Lackritz, "Department of Cultural Affairs Loop Sculpture Guide," Chicago: Department of Cultural Affairs, 1990, no. 12.
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Illinois, Chicago survey, 1992.
Summary:
Four times life-size head mounted on a tall pillar. One of eight heads which line the Merchandise Mart Plaza to honor outstanding American retail merchants. Aaron Montgomery Ward was the founder of Montgomery Ward & Company. Ward was an innovator in the mail-order business concept of buying merchandise in large quantities and selling it directly to rural America by mail. He started his company in 1872 in Chicago with $2,400. He introduced the concept of "guaranteed customer satisfaction or your money back." After retiring as president in 1894, he turned his attention to preserving Chicago's lake front from development.
Topic:
Portrait male--Head  Search this
Occupation--Other--Businessman  Search this
Control number:
IAS 87580026
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_ari_296156