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Object Name Portrait
Title Mrs. Jouett Taylor Cannon Portrait
Catalog Number UNNUMBERED-538
Creator Scott, Bertha
Maker Taylor, Sarah Critenden
Date c. 1890
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-20.25 W-18 D-0.875 inches
Description Bust portrait of Mrs. Jouett Taylor Cannon.

The portrait depicts a young woman with golden brown hair and blue eyes. She appears to be wearing a ruffled powder blue dress with a creamy blouse underneath. The background has been painted with values of golden browns. A signature has been painted in red paint in the lower left corner reading "Bertha Scott."
Notes Cannon was born in Frankfort in 1865 and died in 1949. She was the daughter of Edmund Haynes Taylor, Sr. and Elizabeth Fall (his fourth wife). She married first June 24, 1886 a Dr. Samuel E. James, who died on May 22, 1911 and then married John Stout Cannon, who died November 16, 1918. She was active in a variety of organizations including The Frankfort Women's Club, The Kings Daughters Circle, the Susanna Hart Shelby Chapter of the DAR, Daughters of the War of 1812, Daughters of Founders and Patriots and many more organizations. In 1920 she became the Secretary-Treasurer of the KHS but resigned in 1946 to do special work in the societies archives.

According to a relative of the donor (Jud Welter) Bertha Scott was an African American illustrator born in Frankfort in 1884 and died in 1965. She studied Wellesley College in 1904-05, and with Anson Ken Cross, Andrene Kauffman and Gerrit A. Beneker. (From 'Women Artists in America-18th Century to the present' 1973 J.L. Collins).
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Scott, Bertha
Cannon, Mrs. Jouett Taylor
Subjects African-American
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Daughters of Founders and Patriots
Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the War of 1812
Frankfort (Ky.)
Frankfort Womans Club
Kentucky Historical Society
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The Kings Daughters Circle
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS