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The King of Trusts. Andrew Carnegie. Illustration for Le Rire (colour litho)

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The King of Trusts. Andrew Carnegie. Illustration for Le Rire (colour litho)

2796308 The King of Trusts. Andrew Carnegie. Illustration for Le Rire (colour litho) by Fornaro, Carlo de (1872-1949); Private Collection; (add.info.: The King of Trusts. Andrew Carnegie, Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist. Illustration for Le Rire, 21 November 1903.); © Look and Learn

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The King of Trusts. Andrew Carnegie - A Powerful Philanthropist

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. In this illustration for Le Rire, we are introduced to the legendary figure of Andrew Carnegie, the Scottish American industrialist and philanthropist. The image captures his commanding presence as he sits in a plush chair, engrossed in reading. With his white hair and distinguished beard, Carnegie exudes an aura of wisdom and authority. The artist Carlo de Fornaro skillfully combines humor and satire to depict Carnegie's immense wealth and influence in the steel industry. Through clever caricature, he portrays him as "The King of Trusts" symbolizing his dominance over the business world during that era. Le Rire magazine adds another layer to this amusing portrayal by highlighting Carnegie's philanthropic endeavors. Known for his generous contributions towards education and libraries, he is depicted surrounded by books, emphasizing his commitment to knowledge dissemination. This satirical cartoon not only showcases Fornaro's artistic talent but also serves as social commentary on the power dynamics within society at that time. It invites viewers to reflect on the complexities of wealth accumulation while shedding light on how individuals like Carnegie could shape industries and communities through their financial might. Overall, this colorful lithograph offers a fascinating glimpse into both the humorous side of caricatures and the significant impact one man can have on an entire nation through philanthropy.

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