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The Kentucky Collection from Louisville's Speed Art Museum

Cherry Trees pattern, attributed to Virginia Mason Ivey, about 1860; this quilt, made in Logan County, required costly materials so likely was made for show rather than for function

Cherry Trees pattern, attributed to Virginia Mason Ivey, about 1860; this quilt, made in Logan County, required costly materials so likely was made for show rather than for function

Portrait of Daniel Boone, Chester Harding, 1820; the artist tracked down the 86 year old Boone who was living in a remote cabin in St. Charles County, Missouri and painted Boone as he reminisced about his early adventures

Portrait of Daniel Boone, Chester Harding, 1820; the artist tracked down the 86 year old Boone who was living in a remote cabin in St. Charles County, Missouri and painted Boone as he reminisced about his early adventures

The sugar chest is a Kentucky icon (this model comes from Madison County and was made in the early 1800s), made to store refined white sugar or locally made brown sugar; costly refined sugar came to Kentucky from Louisiana and the Caribbean

The sugar chest is a Kentucky icon (this model comes from Madison County and was made in the early 1800s), made to store refined white sugar or locally made brown sugar; costly refined sugar came to Kentucky from Louisiana and the Caribbean

Portrait of Charles and Matilda Bullett, Charles Bullett, 1866; the artist was a partner at a local firm that sculpted cemetery memorials (the firm still exists today) while his son became well-known for his oil paintings

Portrait of Charles and Matilda Bullett, Charles Bullett, 1866; the artist was a partner at a local firm that sculpted cemetery memorials (the firm still exists today) while his son became well-known for his oil paintings

Portrait of Henry Clay, Edward Dalton Marchant, about 1850; Clay moved to Kentucky in 1797 where he mounted three unsuccessful campaigns for president; Lincoln viewed him as a role model and admired Clay's eloquence and dedication to liberty

Portrait of Henry Clay, Edward Dalton Marchant, about 1850; Clay moved to Kentucky in 1797 where he mounted three unsuccessful campaigns for president; Lincoln viewed him as a role model and admired Clay's eloquence and dedication to liberty

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Matthew Henry Wilson, 1865; two months before he was assassinated, Lincoln posed for Wilson at the White House in what would be his last portrait; when Joshua Speed saw the portrait he had Wilson paint him this copy

Portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Matthew Henry Wilson, 1865; two months before he was assassinated, Lincoln posed for Wilson at the White House in what would be his last portrait; when Joshua Speed saw the portrait he had Wilson paint him this copy

An Awe-Inspiring View, artist unknown, 1850; discovered in the 1790s, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world and was written about extensively in the 1800s accompanied by illustrations so readers could visualize the cave

An Awe-Inspiring View, artist unknown, 1850; discovered in the 1790s, Mammoth Cave is the longest cave system in the world and was written about extensively in the 1800s accompanied by illustrations so readers could visualize the cave

Portrait of the Anderson Children, Oliver Frazer, 1839; the artist set aside the usual full-length poses of formal portraiture in depicting these three boys of a Lexington family at play dressed up as soldiers on parade

Portrait of the Anderson Children, Oliver Frazer, 1839; the artist set aside the usual full-length poses of formal portraiture in depicting these three boys of a Lexington family at play dressed up as soldiers on parade

Coverlet, Frederick A. Kean, about 1848; this elaborate piece was likely made using a stack of punched cards which controlled the rods on the loom (much like punch cards used in early computer programs)

Coverlet, Frederick A. Kean, about 1848; this elaborate piece was likely made using a stack of punched cards which controlled the rods on the loom (much like punch cards used in early computer programs)

The Gibson Girl, Enid Yandell, 1895; this painted plaster sculpture is of the artist's sister whose graceful, languid pose was typical of the leisurely depictions of well-to-do women of that period

The Gibson Girl, Enid Yandell, 1895; this painted plaster sculpture is of the artist's sister whose graceful, languid pose was typical of the leisurely depictions of well-to-do women of that period

Flask, Henry Thomas, 1874; Thomas made his liquor flasks in the shape of pigs because they were fed corn mash, a by-product of whiskey production; pigs were also symbols of crudeness, a sentiment associated with drinking at that time

Flask, Henry Thomas, 1874; Thomas made his liquor flasks in the shape of pigs because they were fed corn mash, a by-product of whiskey production; pigs were also symbols of crudeness, a sentiment associated with drinking at that time

Portrait of the John Speed Smith Family, Chester Harding, 1819; this work (almost 8 ft tall) captures Smith, a rising political star who had just been elected to the state legislature, and Eliza Clay, who was the daughter of one of the KY's wealthiest men

Portrait of the John Speed Smith Family, Chester Harding, 1819; this work (almost 8 ft tall) captures Smith, a rising political star who had just been elected to the state legislature, and Eliza Clay, who was the daughter of one of the KY's wealthiest men

Pitcher, Ralph Stevenson, about 1830; the images on this pitcher portray Shippingport, an early settlement located 2 miles west of modern day Louisville; located on a peninsula in the Ohio River, the town fell victim to a canal and repeated floods

Pitcher, Ralph Stevenson, about 1830; the images on this pitcher portray Shippingport, an early settlement located 2 miles west of modern day Louisville; located on a peninsula in the Ohio River, the town fell victim to a canal and repeated floods

Oakland House and Race Course, Louisville, Robert Brammer and Augustus Von Smith, about 1840; built in 1832, this horse racing facility featured a 3-story clubhouse and hotel, a luxurious pavilion and stables for more than 100 horses

Oakland House and Race Course, Louisville, Robert Brammer and Augustus Von Smith, about 1840; built in 1832, this horse racing facility featured a 3-story clubhouse and hotel, a luxurious pavilion and stables for more than 100 horses

The Leaning Silo, Luigi Lucioni, 1939; the artist prided himself on his crisp, meticulous method of painting accentuated by photographic detail in which brushstrokes were as fine as the width of a single hair

The Leaning Silo, Luigi Lucioni, 1939; the artist prided himself on his crisp, meticulous method of painting accentuated by photographic detail in which brushstrokes were as fine as the width of a single hair

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