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Eastman Johnson, 29 Jul 1824 - 5 Apr 1906  Search this
Jay Gould, 27 May 1836 - 2 Dec 1892  Search this
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 153.7 x 102.6cm (60 1/2 x 40 3/8")
Frame: 198.1 x 149.9 x 17.8cm (78 x 59 x 7")
Exhibition Label:
Born Roxbury, New York
Jay Gould had one of the most turbulent, controversial, and significant business careers in the nineteenth century. Largely self-taught, incredibly strong-willed and intelligent, Gould made his first fortune with his masterful understanding of finance during the Civil War. Postwar, he came to public attention in his protracted financial “war” against Cornelius Vanderbilt over the Erie Railroad. Gould’s dizzying financial maneuvering and his attempt to corner the market in gold cemented his reputation as a predatory capitalist or robber baron. But Gould’s talents and achievements were greater than this caricature. During the second half of his career, he established himself as an innovative and creative businessman, reviving the moribund Union Pacific Railroad and turning it into an efficient and profitable transportation system. Ruthless but never a mere speculator, Gould’s wide-ranging influence on business, from the financial markets to modern management techniques, helped shape the modern American economy.
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair\Armchair  Search this
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Jay Gould: Male  Search this
Jay Gould: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Financier  Search this
Jay Gould: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Industrialist\Railroad  Search this
Jay Gould: Science and Technology\Engineer\Surveyor  Search this
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Owner: Grey Art Gallery, New York University
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Catalog of American Portraits
American Origins
On View:
NPG, East Gallery 123
Data Source:
Catalog of American Portraits