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Object Name Portrait
Title Flora Irvin Portrait
Catalog Number 1939.907
Creator Marschall, Nicola
Maker Marschall, Nicola
Date 1891
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-24.125 W-20 inches
Description This is a bust portrait identified to be Flora Irwin [sic]. It depicts a young woman with her profile facing right. She has curly blond hair that has been pulled back into a bun. She is also wearing pearl earrings, and a white dress that has ruffled lace around neck and puffed shoulder-sleeves. She has been positioned in front of a background of grey-green washes. The artist's signature is found along left margin and reads "Nicola Marschall 1891."
Notes Nicola Marschall (1829-1917) was born in St. Wendel Rhenish Prussia, immigrated to Alabama in 1849. Marschall was credited with designing the first Confederate national flag. He moved to Louisville in 1873 and opened a portrait studio. He was a prolific painter, and studied both painting and music in Rome, Florence, Naples, Paris, London, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Munich before traveling to the Americas. He was credited with designing the Confederate uniform and with the design of the first confederate flag. He also served in the Confederate army. A decade after the Civil War, he moved to Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and three children and opened a portrait studio at the southwest corner of Fourth and Green Streets. It was here where he painted many of the prominent works of his career.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Marschall, Nicola
Irvin, Flora
Subjects Art
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Women domestics
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS