March 27, 2009

Friday Portrait: J.P. Morgan by John Mattos

Six interesting facts about John Pierpont Morgan (illustrated here by John Mattos):

  • Morgan hated being photographed and had all his personal portraits retouched.
  • His uncle composed the Christmas song "Jingle Bells".
  • Morgan bought a spot for himself on the Titanic but cancelled his trip at the last minute.
  • His was the first house in Manhattan to be lit with electricity.
  • At his death, Morgan's art collection, much of which was donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, was valued at $50 million.

These little factoids swiped from Wikipedia.

JP Morgan by John Mattos

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