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Kentucky RisingDemocracy, Slavery, and Culture from the Early Republic to the Civil War$
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James A. Ramage

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134406

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134406.001.0001

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Art and Architecture

Art and Architecture

Where Artists Found a Home

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Kentucky Rising

James A. Ramage

Andrea S. Watkins

University Press of Kentucky

Since Kentucky has such natural beautiful scenery, landscape art was not in high demand. Instead, before the invention of the camera, many Kentuckians spent their time painting portraits, miniatures, or silhouettes. Instead of traveling to urban centers where more well-known artists painted, most Kentuckians selected a local artist to paint their likenesses. In addition to portraits, artists painted houses and livestock. Also, with the first college and library west of the Alleghenies, as well as an amateur theater established by 1808, Lexington was the center of the arts community for the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Furniture-making and architecture were other important forms of artistic expression as individuals were just learning to study architecture theory and learning various techniques. Shortly after their emergence, professional architects were in high demand.

Keywords:   Matthew Harris Jouett, Audubon, architecture, portrait, art, theater

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