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Object Name Portrait
Title Ephraim McDowell
Catalog Number UNNUMBERED-633
Creator Scott, David
Date 1949
Material(s) Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-24 W-20 inches
Description This bust portrait of Ephraim McDowell features McDowell in a black coat and white shirt and bow tie. He has blue eyes and short light brown hair. The painting is signed at the lower right "David Scott."
Notes This painting was completed over 100 years after the death of the subject. The painting is thought to be unfinished.

Ephraim McDowell was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on November 11, 1771, the ninth of eleven children. He came to Kentucky as a boy of twelve. In 1791 he went to Staunton, Virginia to begin an apprenticeship to Dr. Alexander Humphreys. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, then returned to open his practice of medicine in Danville in 1795. In 1809, Dr. performed the first successful removal of an ovarian tumor in the world. He died in 1830.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Scott, David
McDowell, Ephraim
Subjects Portrait paintings
Portraits
Paintings
Men
Search Terms Danville (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS