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Object Name Portrait
Title Robert Burns Wilson
Catalog Number 1923.18
Creator Walker, Ferdinand G.
Date ca. 1916
Material(s) Canvas/Paint
Dimensions H-32.25 W-24.25 inches
Description This bust portrait is of Robert Burns Wilson. He has brown hair and eyes, and he is wearing a light grey coat, dark grey vest; white shirt and tie. Wilson is painted against a dark grey background. The artist's name is signed lower right "Ferd. G. Walker."
Notes Painter and poet, Robert Burns Wilson wrote "Remember the Maine," which helped carry the nation into the Spanish-American War. Wilson was a Pennsylvania native who came to Kentucky in 1871. He worked in Louisville but in 1875 moved to Frankfort, where portrait commissions awaited. He lived in Frankfort for close to 30 years. He began painting landscapes in the 1880s. In 1904 he moved to New York and remained in the East until his death in 1916. He studied art in Pittsburgh, where he was a studio mate of John White Alexander. Walker, the artist, was born in 1859 and died in 1927. The file indicates the picture was restored in October 1973.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Walker, Ferdinand G.
Zembrod, Mrs. A.C.
Wilson, Robert Burns
Subjects Artists
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Louisville (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS