Monday, October 13, 2008


On Saturday, October 18, Cowans Auction of Cincinnati will offer the above pair of portraits by Kentucky artist Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827). Both portraits are in period gilt frames and are said to have been purchased twenty years after the paintings were completed. The pair depicts Jouett's own brother, John and his sister-in-law Eliza Beverly Brown Jouett and they have never been outside of the family. They were included in the catalog of the artist's work published in 1939. Because of their very good condition, excellent provenance, and personal ties to the artist, the pair is estimated to sell for $50,000-$70,000. If you would like to bid on the pieces or you if you would just like more information, you can visit Cowan's website here.

Matthew Harris Jouett was born in Mercer County, Kentucky on April 22 1788. Jouett studied at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky before serving in the war of 1812. In 1816, Jouett left for Boston where he studied under the famed artist Gilbert Stuart. He soon returned home to Kentucky and established himself as the first prominent artist of the west. He died in Lexington in 1827.

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