When I think of 19th-century industry, I think of Vanderbilt’s railroads …
And Holley’s steel mills …
And Thomas Price’s lab.
According to the MMA’s site, the subject of this portait / still life is Thomas Price (1837-1912), a chemist and assayist who was highly respected for his practical and theoretical knowledge of mining and metals. In his San Francisco lab, he worked as a consultant to mining companies.
- I must see this in person again: the photo (as so often) doesn’t do it justice.
- More Henry Alexander paintings are online here. (Spoiler: this one’s my favorite).
- The Vanderbilt videos for Guides Who Know: Monuments of Manhattan are available here (About the Sculpture) and here (About the Subject); the supplementary “More” page is here. See also the Vanderbilt essay in Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan and ForgottenDelights.com. And if you want even more: T.J. Stiles, First Tycoon (exceptionally well researched and well written).
- On Alexander Lyman Holley and the steel industry, see Forgotten Delights and the Monuments of Manhattan app. His sculpture stands in Washington Square Park.