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Object Name Portrait
Title Simon Kenton Portrait
Catalog Number 1904.13
Creator Saunders, Xantippi "Tip"
Date 1873
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-30 W-25 inches
Description Bust portrait of Simon Kenton.

The painting depicts an older gentleman wearing a dark overcoat with a white collared undershirt and a white tie. He is holding in his proper left hand a wooden cane. He appears to be standing before a brown wash background. The painting is signed in the middle right section near his proper right shoulder and reads "Tip Saunders, 1873."
Notes Simon Kenton (April 3, 1755 - April 29, 1836) was a famous Kentucky frontiersman who was connected with Daniel Boone, Isaac Shelby and other noted Kentucky figures.

Xantippe "Tip" Saunders (1837-1922) was a student of Professor Pering at Louisville and later Eaton and Walmarth of New York. At the age of twenty-five she taught at an art school established by Miss Cornelia Pering, daughter of her previous professor. She was a cousin of Samuel M. Clemens, Mark Twain, and for many years she was the one of the leading artists of Louisville. She died in Louisville.

This painting was copied from a Louis Morgan portrait of Simon Kenton and according to the historical society's files (Chapter 900 Laws of Kentucky-States) it was copied from original by Matthew Jouett.
Collection Mrs. Eugene Ray Collection
People Saunders, Xantippi after Louis Morgan
Saunders, Xantippi "Tip"
Kenton, Simon
Subjects Art
Frontier & pioneer life
Oil paintings
Politics & government
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Frontier & pioneer life
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS