|Sign for Kieselbach's Paint Store c. 1898|
The exhibit is divided into two parts -- the art of business and the business of art. The first focuses on the businesses that utilized art in their marketing, like Kieselbach's paint store in Brooklyn. When this sign was in use at the turn of the 19th century, our faithful companion carried a can of paint in his mouth. All the better to help his master in case a quick touch up was needed. While the connection between the sign and the business isn't wholly intuitive, I immediately gravitated to Rover when I walked into the exhibit. And isn't that what a shopkeeper wants from his advertising?
|Bicycle Racer c. 1900|
Herman Raub Engaged in Weighing Gold
at The Manhattan Bank in NY (1805)
In this painting, Mr. Raub is counting gold at The Manhattan Bank of New York, founded by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, among others. (Cue music.) Over time The Manhattan Bank became The Chase Manhattan Bank and, eventually, JPMorgan Chase, an institution nearly every financial services lawyer worked for at some point during her career, including me. The writing in this painting is a poem -- written in both English and German -- attesting to Mr. Raub's honesty and faithfulness. Nonetheless, he looks a little shifty to me.
|Knickerbocker Stage Line Omnibus, New York City (c. 1850)|
The moniker was originally used to refer to Dutch Americans living in New York. Eventually the word's usage expanded to describe all NY State residents. In this painting, the name has been utilized by the Knickerbocker Stage Line, a service providing transportation between Manhattan and Brooklyn.
For the literature buffs out there, the fictional character of Knickerbocker made his first appearance in Washington Irving's "The History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty." Irving later reprised the character in his "Rip Van Winkle."
In Part 2 of this post, I'll share some of the works from the Business of Art section of the exhibit. Stay tuned!