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John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller
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Artist
Paul Howard Manship, 24 Dec 1885 - 31 Jan 1966
Sitter
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr., 8 Jul 1839 - 23 May 1937
Date
1918
Type
Sculpture
Medium
Plaster
Dimensions
Object: 54.6 x 48.3 x 27.9cm (21 1/2 x 19 x 11")
Topic
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Male
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Visual Arts\Philanthropist
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Oil
John Davison Rockefeller, Sr.: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist\Health & Medicine
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; transfer from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; gift of the artist, 1965
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
@ Estate of Paul Manship/ Fiduciary Trust Company
Object number
NPG.70.32
Exhibition Label
Born Richford, New York
“It is my duty to make money and still more money,” John D. Rockefeller once remarked, “and to use the money I make for the good of my fellow man.” By 1913, Rockefeller, a founder of the Standard Oil Company, had amassed an estimated $900 million and earned a tough reputation by aggressively reorganizing the Oil industry to give his company a virtual monopoly. The controversial tycoon later rehabilitated his reputation by supporting charitable causes. Paul Manship’s bust reflects the transformation, depicting a benign elderly gentleman rather than a ruthless industrialist.
Nacido en Richford, Nueva York
“Es mi deber ganar dinero y más dinero”, dijo John D. Rockefeller, “y usar ese dinero para el bien de mis semejantes”. Hacia 1913, Rockefeller, uno de los fundadores de la Standard Oil Company, había acumulado cerca de $900 millones y tenía fama de hombre duro por haber reorganizado radicalmente la industria petrolera para dar a su compañía un virtual monopolio. El polémico magnate rehabilitó luego su reputación apoyando causas benéficas. El busto de Paul Manship refleja esta transformación, mostrando a un benigno caballero entrado en años más que a un implacable industrial.
Provenance
Paul Manship [1885-1966]; gift to National Collection of Fine Arts (now Smithsonian American Art Museum) 1965; transferred to NPG 1970
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
2022 Rehang of Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900
On View
NPG, East Gallery 131