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John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.

John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.
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Edward Jean Steichen, 27 Mar 1879 - 25 Mar 1973
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr., 17 Apr 1837 - 31 Mar 1913
1903 (printed 1906)
Photogravure on paper
Image: 20.8 × 15.7 cm (8 3/16 × 6 3/16")
Sheet: 30.7 × 21.1 cm (12 1/16 × 8 5/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 40.7 cm (22 × 16")
Home Furnishings\Furniture
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Pocket watch
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Male
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Business and Finance\Financier
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Business and Finance\Banker
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Visual Arts\Art collector
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Society and Social Change\Philanthropist\Benefactor
John Pierpont Morgan, Sr.: Visual Arts\Visual arts administrator\Art museum administrator\Art museum trustee
United States\New York\Kings\New York
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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© The Estate of Edward Steichen / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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Born Hartford, Connecticut
In the early twentieth century, when business leaders became the focus of national attention, J. Pierpont Morgan was the most powerful and influential of those American financiers. His banking empire had controlling or major interests in key railroads and industries, including U.S. Steel and General Electric. A directive from Morgan could influence the stock market, which happened in the Panic of 1907, when he lent his prestige and collateral to help stabilize Wall Street. His gift was for consolidating businesses to make them more efficient and profitable. But Morgan also got along with “trust buster” president Theodore Roosevelt, who sought to regulate concentrations of wealth and power rather than break them up.
Morgan rejected this photograph of him—which was later published to great acclaim—undoubtedly because of its fierce expression and the knife-shaped reflection on the arm of the chair.
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National Portrait Gallery