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Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920

Estill Curtis Pennington


From 1802, when the young artist William Edward West began painting portraits on a downriver trip to New Orleans, to 1918, when John Alberts, the last of Frank Duveneck's students, worked in Louisville, a wide variety of portrait artists were active in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley. This book charts the course of those artists as they painted the mighty and the lowly, statesmen and business magnates as well as country folk living far from urban centers. Paintings by each artist are illustrated, when possible, from The Filson Historical Society collection of some 400 portraits representing ... More

Keywords: William Edward West, John Alberts, Ohio River Valley, painting, artist, sitter, Lexington, Louisville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780813126128
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813126128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Estill Curtis Pennington, author