Dow Chemical Midland Plant Captured in Paintings
In September 1919 Herbert Dow attended the Fifth National Exposition of Chemical Industries held in Chicago.  The National Aniline
Company was proud of its new dye plant in Buffalo and wanted to showcase the facilities at the Exposition.  The company
commissioned Arthur Covey, noted illustrator and muralist of industrial scenes, to paint several large murals.  The murals depicted
scenes of dye manufacturing and testing.  There was also a panel showing Herreshoff furnaces in operation with piles of Spanish
pyrite nearby, a process that made sulfuric acid, essential for the chemical industry.  When Herbert Dow, founder of Dow Chemical,
saw these paintings, he was inspired and commissioned Arthur Knighton-Hammond, an English artist, to paint scenes of chemical
manufacturing at his Midland, Michigan plant.  Knighton-Hammond had previously painted for British Dyestuffs in Manchester.

Knighton-Hammond spent six months in Midland rendering various scenes of chemical and dye manufacturing on canvas. Some of
the paintings are shown below:
Arthur Knighton Hammond Paintings of Dow Chemical Midland, Michigan Plant-1920
 Dow Chemicals, Dow Chemical Company, Midland, 1928
Riverfront View by A. Knighton-Hammond
Plant Scene by A. Knighton-Hammond
Pump Houses for Water Intake by A. Knighton-Hammond
Treating Tanks for Calcium and Magnesium Chloride Plants by A. Knighton-Hammond
Caustic Soda Finishing Plants by A. Knighton-Hammond
Indigo Plant by A. Knighton-Hammond
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1) "Chicago Exposition and Conventions",
Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering, October 1, 1919, p. 427
2) Gina Frese,
Dow Chemical Portrayed, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia, PA, 2000