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Object Name Portrait
Title Governor James F. Robinson
Catalog Number 1914.35
Creator Hardin, Mrs. Mary E.
Maker Hardin, Mrs. Mary E. Hardin
Date 1911
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-30.063 W-25 D-0.875 inches
Description This is bust portrait of Governor James F. Robinson. The portrait shows an older gentleman with an receding blonde hairline and a blank expression. He wears a black suit, with a vest and tie along with a white shirt with a high collar. His blue eyes stare off into the distance. He has been painted in front of a wash of browns.
Notes James Fisher Robinson (1800-1882) both born and died in Scott County, was a Whig who later became a Democrat. He attended Forest Hill Academy and then Transylvania University in 1818. He was a lawyer and state senator. He acted in the senate in 1851 and 1861 and was elected Speaker of the House in 1862. Robinson was a staunch Unionist as Governor (1862-1863) during the Civil War, opposing secession and abolition, but also criticizing the national administration. As governor, he championed higher taxes to support the state militia and education, but, because of the war, accomplished little in either area. He died at his estate "Cardome" near Georgetown, Kentucky.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Hardin, Mrs. Mary E.
Robinson, James F.
Subjects Art
Portrait paintings
Oil paintings
Search Terms Scott County (Ky.)
Georgetown (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS