Zorn's American Subjects...
1881-1891, 1893, 1894 -1895, 1896-1897, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1903-1904, 1905-1910, 1911-1917
1911 - 1917

Andrew Carnegie, 1911, oil on canvas, 127 x 101.6 cm., Carnegie Museum of Art, accession no. 12.1. Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) was an industrialist and the foremost philanthropist of his time.

Ambassador David Jayne Hill, 1911, oil on canvas, 95.5 x 76.2 cm., private collection. This second portrait of Hill by Zorn was in the Corcoran Museum of Art collection until it was sold at Sotheby Parke Bernet, May 3, 1979. The portrait was painted in Berlin.

President William Howard Taft, 1911, oil on canvas, 117.8 x 89.2 cm., the White House Collection, Washington. D.C., accession no. 912.1415.1. William Howard Taft (1857- 1930) was the 27th president of the United States (1909-1913) and chief justice of the Supreme Court (1921-1930). The portrait, which was painted in the White House, was arranged by Zorn’s St. Louis friend Charles Nagel, who was in Taft’s cabinet (see Nagel portrait, 1901).

President William Howard Taft, 1911, etching, 24.8 x 19.8 cm., A. 239. The etching is a mirror image of the oil portrait.

Vice-President James Schoolcraft Sherman, 1911, oil on canvas, 76 x 64 cm., Munson-Williams- Proctor Art Institute, Utica, New York, accession no. 45.4. James S. Sherman (1855- 1912), a native of Utica, was a lawyer and politician. Sherman died while serving as Taft’s vice-president the year after Zorn painted his portrait. Charles Deering commissioned the portrait.

A. Piatt Andrew, oil on canvas, 1911, 60 x 44 cm., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A. Piatt Andrew (1873-1936) taught at Harvard and was a director of the United States Mint. When Zorn painted his portrait, Andrew was assistant secretary of the Treasury. When he predicted the Panic of 1907, Senator Aldrich named him to the National Monetary Commission. Andrew worked with Aldrich and others to form the Federal Reserve System. He was a close friend of Mrs. Gardner’s, who was a frequent visitor to his cottage, “Red Roof,” at Eastern Point, Gloucester Harbor.

Nelson Aldrich, 1913, oil on canvas, 128.3 x 97.8 cm., Smithsonian Institution, National Portrait Gallery, accession no. NPG 69.85. Senator Nelson Aldrich (1841-1915) was one of the most powerful politicians of his time and was instrumental in establishing the Federal Reserve System. This portrait was painted in Paris. Zorn painted a portrait of Senator Nelson Aldrich in 1911 that was rejected by his family as not a true likeness. Zorn wrote that Aldrich was difficult to capture on canvas, particularly his eyes.

Miss Constance Morris, 1915, oil on canvas, 150.6 x 100.2 cm., Zorn Museum Collection, ZO 190. Miss Morris was the daughter of Ira and Constance Morris.

Minister Ira Nelson Morris, 1916, oil on canvas, 151 x 100.5 cm., Chicago Historical Society, accession no. 1954.352. Ira N. Morris (1875-1942) was the United States ambassador to Sweden from 1913 to 1923.

Mrs. Constance Lily Rothschild Morris, 1917, oil on canvas, 151 x 100.5 cm., Chicago Historical Society, accession no. 1954.353.

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