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Object Name Portrait
Title Lena Benton
Catalog Number 1980.29.3
Creator Eshelman, Aaron E. (1826-?)
Date 1874
Material(s) Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-39.25 W-34.25 D-4 inches
Description The subject of this full-body, oval portrait is a young Lena Benton. The subject is seated in a chair with her legs crossed under her. She wears a short sleeve white dress with blue trim with bows at the shoulders and a gold necklace. She holds an arrangement of wild flowers. She has a doll in her lap wearing a similar dress. Three-quarters of the background is neutral. The left quarter of the background has a blue sky, clouds, and trees.
Notes Exhibited: University of Kentucky Art Museum, Jan. 25 - mar. 15, 1981, The Kentucky Painter from the Frontier Era to the Great War; 19th Century Kentucky Paintings from Kentucky Public Collections, Hammer Galleries, New York City, April 21 - May 2, 1983. THE KENTUCKY PAINTER FROM THE FRONTIER ERA TO THE GREAT WAR, CATALOGUE PP. 49, 102

Aaron Eshelman, (1826-1878) also Eshleman, started his career in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he once kept his father's inn until 1857. He moved to Kentucky and lived in Bourbon, Harrison and Montgomery counties. While in Kentucky he painted portraits during 1845-1874. He was known to paint in antebellum style portraiture and was admired in the way he would depict children.
Collection Lena Benton Collection
People Eshelman, Aaron E.
Subjects Portrait of a girl
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Painting
Portrait Paintings
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS