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Henry Varnum Poor, Icy Ravine, 1936, James Graham & Sons, New York
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POOR'S NO PAUPER
by Daniel Grant



With all the complaints about Standard & Poor’s these days, let’s not drag Henry Varnum Poor into it. That would be the artist Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970), painter of landscapes, portraits and still-lifes, as well as an accomplished self-taught ceramicist. He had nothing to do with Wall Street, save that he was grandnephew of money-man Henry Varnum Poor (1812-1905), the financial analyst and founder of H.V. and H.W. Poor Co., which merged with the Standard Statistics Bureau in 1941 to become Standard & Poor’s, the bond-rating agency.

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