20 June, 2013

Chicago Noblesse

In the press, Edith Rockefeller was most often referred to as the "princess of Standard Oil." In 1895, at age twenty-three she married Harold Fowler McCormick; "prince of the harvester clan." The union was considered to be a merger of two extraordinary fortunes, which in truth it was. 

They spent the first two years of their marriage in Council Bluffs IA, where Harold was managing the company's western interests. They returned to Chicago in 1897, and this portrait was commissioned not long after. It is one of my favorites. She looks quite comfortable in the role, no?

No comments: