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Harry Gordon Selfridge

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Harry Gordon Selfridge, by Robert Stewart Sherriffs, circa 1928-1936 - NPG 5224(1) - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Harry Gordon Selfridge

by Robert Stewart Sherriffs
ink and pencil, circa 1928-1936
15 3/4 in. x 11 1/4 in. (399 mm x 286 mm) uneven
Purchased, 1978
Primary Collection
NPG 5224(1)


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The American-born businessman Harry Gordon Selfridge settled in London in 1906 and opened Selfridge & Co Ltd in Oxford Street in 1909, introducing American marketing and advertising techniques with striking success. Throughout his life Selfridge looked on business as an exciting and glorious adventure; he published The Romance of Commerce in 1918 and lectured on the subject. This drawing of Selfridge sitting before a crumbling Parthenon appeared in London Calling with the caption: 'Mr Gordon Selfridge wonders if such a thing could happen in Oxford Street'.

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