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Object Name Portrait
Title Gideon Shryock
Catalog Number 1986.64
Creator Jouett, Matthew Harris
Maker Jouett, Matthew Harris
Date ca. 1825
Material(s) Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-23.5 W-18.75 inches
Description This bust portrait of Gideon Shryock is a quarter view. It is painted on stretched canvas with oil paints. The background is gray. Shryock is portrayed with dark brown hair and hazel eyes, black coat, gray vest, white shirt and white stock. There is no signature. Shryock was probably 23 years-old when it was painted. The painting is in a wood frame painted gold.
Notes Gideon Shryock was born in 1802 and died in 1880. Shryock designed the current Kentucky statehouse, which is modeled after the temple of Minerva Polias at Priene. The building, completed in 1830, was the first Greek Revival statehouse in the US.

This painting is unsigned, but assumed to be done by Matthew Harris Jouett who did not sign all of his works. This is based on family tradition as recorded in a letter from Isabel Brown Taylor in 1979. William B. Floyd, author of EARLY KENTUCKY ARTISTS, stated doubts this attribution.

Kentuckian Matthew Harris Jouett (1787-1827) was one of the most popular antebellum portrait painters in the South. After studying with Gilbert Stuart, he set up studios in Lexington and Louisville and traveled south for the winters. He painted over 300 portraits and miniatures between 1816 and 1827 but did not gain national recognition until his work appeared in the 1893 Chicago Exposition.

The date given this portrait is based on Jouett completing his study with Stuart in 1824 and his death in 1827.
Collection Mrs. Willis Field Collection
People Shryock, Gideon
Jouett, Matthew Harris
Subjects Paintings
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Frankfort (Ky.)
Franklin County (Ky.)
Portrait Paintings
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS