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Object Name Portrait
Title Martha Robertson McKee
Catalog Number 1979.6.1a
Creator Healy, George Peter Alexander
Date ca. 1845
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-27.375 W-22.25 D-0.75 inches
Description Bust portrait of Martha Robertson McKee.

The portrait depicts a woman wearing a clear white bonnet and a white collared black dress. The dress appears to have large puffy sleeves, or that these sleeves are instead a large black shawl. The portrait has been painted in a painterly style and the background heavy with brown brush strokes.

The painting appears to be framed in a conservation grade protective backing. This protective backing has encapsulated the original stretcher and has a "plastic lipover stripping" to protect and buffer the painting when it is attached to a new frame.
Notes Martha "Patsey" Robertson McKee, married to Samuel McKee, was born in 1788 and died in 1848. She was the fifth child of Alexander and Margaret Jane Robinson. They had 10 children with 2 dying inn infancy. Their oldest children were George and Charlotte Robertson. George Robertson, (1790-1874) a Congressman, a law professor at Transylvania University and Chief justice to the Court of Appeals, has an autobiography which has a more detailed description of the family.

Healy was born in 1813 and died in 1894. The file indicates that the portrait is copied from an Oliver Frazer portrait that was owned by Miss M. A. Cheek of Danville, KY. There is also a canvas item in the file that indicates that only the face was painted by Healy and the 'drapery' was painted by "CHAZ. FRASER." Healy shared his studio with Oliver Frazer and one portrait was created by the two artists and another was copied.
Media Links Pamplet about the Artist
Collection The estate of Josephine Warren Asbury and Margaret R. Warren Colelction
People Healy, G. P. A.
Healy, George Peter Alexander
Robertson, Martha
McKee, Martha Robertson
McKee, Samuel
Subjects Art
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Women domestics
Search Terms Frankfort (Ky.)
Louisville (Ky.)
Mercer County (Ky.)
Stanford (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS