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Object Name Portrait
Title Dr. Goromvy Owen Portrait
Catalog Number 1939.906
Creator Marschall, Nicola
Date 1883
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-30.188 W-25 D-0.813 inches
Description This is a bust portrait of Dr. Goromvy Owen. The portrait depicts a balding man with a rounded and light brown, full beard and mustache. He also has brown eyes and is wearing a dark blue-grey coat, a black bow tie and a white dress shirt. He was painted in a mottled blue, gray, green, and brown background that has been trimmed into an oval with white paint. Signed in the bottom right is the artist signature that reads: "Nicola Marschall, 1883."
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.
Media Links Catalog of American Portraits
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Marschall, Nicola
Subjects Art
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Alabama
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS