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Object Name Portrait
Title Jefferson Davis
Common Name Portrait
Catalog Number 1939.170
Creator Walker, J. P.
Date 1917
Material(s) Oil/Canvas
Dimensions H-70.5 W-49.5 D-3.5 inches
Description This is a three-quarter length portrait of Jefferson Davis. This oil on canvas painting depicts Davis with gray hair and a chin beard. He is facing toward the right. He is wearing a white shirt with a black tie, black vest, black pants, and a black dress jacket with notched lapels. His left hand is resting on two books that are on top of a table that is covered with a dark red cloth. The background is dark gray with a deep red or brown drapery with three golden tassels depicted on the left. On the right, there is a column or a pillar. The gilt wood frame has a leaf and vine pattern with a plaque at the bottom center that reads, "JEFFERSON DAVIS. PRES'T OF SOUTHERN CONFEDERACY 1961-65 / PRESENTED TO THE STATE BY / CONFEDERATE HOME CHAPTER U.D.C. / FLORENCE BARLOW, PREST."
Notes Davis was born in 1808 in than Christian County, now Todd County and died in 1889 in New Orleans. Davis was elected President of the Confederate States of America in February 1861. He had served as an officer in the Mexican War, in the U.S. House and Senate, and as a secretary of war. After being imprisoned from 1865 to 1867, Davis wrote "The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government," made numerous public appearances and attended veteran's reunions. J.P.Walker was an artist from Richmond, Virginia.
Collection Kentucky Confederate Home Chapter, UDC Collection
People Walker, J. P.
Davis, Jefferson
Subjects Painting
Portrait paintings
Oil paintings
Search Terms United Daughters of the Confederacy
Portrait Paintings
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS