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Object Name Portrait
Title Mrs. John Taylor
Catalog Number 1939.25a
Creator Eaton, J. O.
Maker Eaton, J. O.
Date 1863
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-26.75 W-21.088 D-0.875 inches
Description The subject of this oval bust portrait is Elizabeth (Betty) Washington Taylor. Taylor is depicted seated wearing a classical wrap held by a ruby and gold broach. There are hints of purple designs on the wrap. The background is various tones of gray. Piece work originally in an oval frame.
Notes Mrs. John Taylor (1842-1917), maiden name Elizabeth (Betty) Washington was born and reared in Newport, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Colonel John Thornton Washington, a native of Virginia who removed to Kentucky at an early date. She married in 1862 a John Barry Taylor (1836-1914) a bank president in Newport.

Joseph Oriel Eaton (1829-1875) an American artist was born in Newark, Ohio and studied art in Licking County, Ohio and then Indianapolis in 1846. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1850 and opened his own art studio where he was able to study with other local contemporaries like James Henry Beard, T. Buchanan Read and Thomas W. Whittredge. He typically painted portraiture, genre and historical and landscape scenes. He also worked as a photographer in the 1860's during the Civil War. He found success as a painter of children's portraits in New York City. He died in Yonkers, New York in 1975.
Collection Georgiana Hodge Bailey Collection
People Eaton, J. O.
Taylor, John
Washington, Elizabeth
Subjects Art
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS