Edward Stephen Harkness (1874-1940)
Light terracotta painted plaster
Overall: 24 x 19 1/8 x 12 1/4 in. ( 61 x 48.6 x 31.1 cm )
signed: under proper left shoulder: "E. S. HARKNESS/MALVINA HOFFMAN" inscribed: proper left front at base: "MALVINA HOFFMAN 1946"
Edward Harkness inherited an enormous fortune from his father, Stephen V. Harkness (1818-88), one of the six original shareholders of Standard Oil and a partner of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. He also received large bequests upon the death of his mother, Anna (Richardson) Harkness, and his older brother, Charles W. Harkness. Thereafter his life was devoted to philanthropy; among the beneficiaries of his generosity were the New York Public Library, the Pilgrim Trust and Phillips Exeter Academy, N. H.
Gift of the artist
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