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copper-plate engraving after Jouett by E.G. Gridley from A Discourse on the Genius and Character of the Rev. Horace Holley, L.L.D. Late President of Transylvania University, 1828

3 3/4 x 6 inches (image)

5 3/4 x 9 inches (paper)



Matthew Harris Jouett (1787-1827)

Jouett’s talent, winning personality, strong character and tragic early death cemented his almost-legendary reputation as Kentucky’s first, great, native-born painter. Jouett trained with celebrated portraitist Gilbert Stuart in Boston, Massachusetts, and made his career as a portrait painter in Kentucky and up and down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He inspired a generation of painters, and his portraits, wrote journalist E.A. Jonas, “provide a progressive pageant of the Kentucky story.”


Jouett’s portrayal of the main building at Transylvania University in Lexington constitutes his only known print. The engraving was published a year after the artist’s death, and the building depicted burned to the ground a year later. Jouett attended Transylvania.




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