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Object Name Sculpture
Catalog Number 1939.474
Maker Hart, Joel Tanner
Date ca. 1898
Material(s) Marble
Dimensions H-6 W-4.75 D-2.5 inches
Description This marble cross and rose is carved from white marble from "The Triumph of Chastity." It is mounted on a brown rectangular marble base.
Notes Old Note Card: "Carved from fragment of Joel T. Hart's masterpiece Woman Triumphant or Triumph of Chastity. The statue was destroyed when the Fayette County Court House burned in 1898."

Joel T. Hart was born in Clark County, Ky., in 1810. He worked at Patrick Doyle's marble factory in Lexington. He began carving marble busts and completed on of Cassius M. clay. His work "Woman Triumphant" or Triumph of Chastity" was a nude woman in the Grecian style. He spent 15 years working on it in his studio in Florence, Italy. He died soon after in 1877. His remains and the sculpture were brought back to Kentucky. The sculpture was displayed in Fayette County Courthouse. It was destroyed when the courthouse burned in 1897 and the big bell fell on the sculpture.
Collection Fanny Bullock Collection
People Hart, Joel Tanner
Subjects Sculpting
Court houses
Search Terms Clark County (Ky.)
Fayette County (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS