John Singer Sargent's George Robert White
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George Robert White
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Charcoal on paper
62.2 x 48.3 cm (24 1/2 x 19 in.)
Bequest of Mrs. Harriet J. Bradbury 30.504
 Jpg: MFA
(See interactive zoom at the MFA
From: Boston University Alumni Page   
Date:   Spring 2002    
By  Peter Vandermark 

[George Robert White was a] lifelong bachelor, who lived with his sister on Commonwealth Avenue, amassed a fortune in the pharmaceutical industry. He had come to the city as a poor boy to work in the Potter Drug and Chemical Company, which he eventually owned. In 1878 he came up with the name Cuticura for the soap that became its mainstay.

When George  . . .died in 1922 at the age of seventy-five, he left $5 million to create "works of public utility and beauty for the use and enjoyment of the City of Boston." He also left $50,000 for the construction of a memorial to himself. . . [located in] the Public Garden at the corner of Arlington and Beacon Streets. 
(Boston University Alumni Page)

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A west wing of the of the Musuem of Fine Arts, Boston is named after George Robert White and was opened in 1970. 



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