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Object Name Portrait
Title Henry Watterson
Catalog Number 1923.19
Creator Walker, Ferdinand G.
Date 1913
Material(s) Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-53.625 W-41.625 inches
Description This three-quarter seated figure of a man with grey-white hair and mustache and blue eyes. His right hand is placed on the desk holding a red and brown pen and his left hand clasps chairarm. The subject wears a light brown suit, a dark brown tie, and a black coat, with gold button on lapel. A hat is hanging on the door to the right. The room setting has a mottled brown interior, with a brown desk at the left that holds newspapers and a black inkwell. The artist has signed lower right corner.
Notes Herny Watterson, editor of the Louisville-Courier Journal, was born in 1840 and died in 1921. He was also a Congressman from 1876 to 1877. In 1917, he took over the paper and won the Pulitzer Prize for his pro-war editorials. One year later Watterson sold the paper to Robert Worth Bingham. He was editor emeritus for one additional year and finally stepped aside following his scathing editorials against the League of Nation's and, according to Watterson, "Wilson's folly."

The artist Ferdinand Graham Walker was born in Mitchell, Indiana on 1859 and died in 1927. He was a son of the Rev. Dr. Francis Walker and Mary E. Graham Walker. He received his early education at public schools in Indiana; however, he furthered his education in Paris from 1885 to 1906. For a brief period he painted portraiture of prominent politicians and other figures in Washington, DC before establishing a studio in Louisville in 1890s where he continued to paint portraiture, landscapes and other works. He was a member of the American Art Association of Paris and the Society of American Artists in Europe. He was also the president of the Louisville Artist's League. He retired from painting in 1925.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Walker, Ferdinand G.
Subjects Portrait paintings
Newspaper editors
Search Terms Louisville Journal
Louisville Courier-Journal
Louisville (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS