Ford Rotunda by Philip Lyford, 1933-1934

Summary

Chicago's 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition used the theme of progress to encourage optimism during the depression. The 11-acre Ford Motor Company exhibit became the most talked-about exhibit of 1934, featuring a central Rotunda designed to simulate graduated clusters of gears. After the fair, this building became an attraction at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, until it burned down in 1962.

Chicago's 1933-34 Century of Progress Exposition used the theme of progress to encourage optimism during the depression. The 11-acre Ford Motor Company exhibit became the most talked-about exhibit of 1934, featuring a central Rotunda designed to simulate graduated clusters of gears. After the fair, this building became an attraction at Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, until it burned down in 1962.

Artifact

Oil painting (Visual work)

Date Made

1933-1934

Creators

Lyford, Philip, b. 1887 

Place of Creation

United States 

Creator Notes

Painted by Philip Lyford in the United States

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

00.3.2093

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Oil paint (Paint)
Canvas

Technique

Oil painting (Technique)

Color

Blue
Tan (Color)
Orange (Color)
Red

Dimensions

Height: 26 in  (est. unframed)

Width: 36 in  (est. unframed)

Height: 27.25 in  (framed)

Width: 38 in  (framed)

Inscriptions

On lower left of painting: LYFORD Painted on rotunda: FORD / FORD (script) / FORD

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