7575. FEDOR ENCKE, PORTRAIT OF JOHN H. HARJES, BUSINESS PARTNER OF J. P. MORGAN. Oil on canvas, signed and dated Paris 1902.
John H. Harjes, 1830-1914, was a prominent banker and partner of J.P. Morgan and founder of the Morgan-Harjes Bank of Paris. He was also the father
of Henry H. Harjes, banker and senior partner of the same bank who played a significant role behind the scenes in World War I by negotiating sizable loans for the Allies and by his major role in organizing relief work. Additional biographical material on Harjes can be found here.
Fedor Encke, German, 1851-1926, is a well know artist whose works reside in major museums in Europe and the US. He painted his famous matching portrait of J.P. Morgan around the same time as this one.
This is an excellent large work which captures well the spirit of fin de siecle opulence and financial power. The ornate frame, though in generally excellent condition, has been regilded to cover a few chips. Dimensions; 48 x 60" in frame.
An important historical document in excellent condition which would be at home in a major financial institution or museum.