With Base: 52.1 x 17.1 x 20.3cm (20 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 8")
Without Base: 39.4 x 17.1 x 20.3cm (15 1/2 x 6 3/4 x 8")
Mount: 17.8 x 13.3cm (7 x 5 1/4")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. A. Sandor Ince
Master showman Florenz Ziegfeld brought a razzle-dazzle to live performance that signaled a new era in mass entertainment at the turn of the twentieth century-the production of grand-scale extravaganzas glittering with spectacle and opulence that "glorified the American girl." Like P. T. Barnum before him, Ziegfeld understood the pulse of popular culture and had the promotional wizardry to capitalize on it. But unlike Barnum, Ziegfeld came to the fore when the entertainment industry was no longer a small-scale venture but a national commercial phenomenon. For the first three decades of the twentieth century, Ziegfeld's Follies characterized American popular culture at its glitziest.
Peggy Ince (Mrs. A. Sandor Ince); gift to NPG 1966