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Miniature portrait of Ann Rogers Clark Gwathmey

Item

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Title

Miniature portrait of Ann Rogers Clark Gwathmey

Description

In the era before photography, miniature portraits were popular mementos of loved ones that could be easily carried across long physical distances. The watercolor on ivory portraits were desired for the way artists could accurately capture a subject, working in such small dimensions. Ann Rogers Clark Gwathmey (1755-1822) was the sister of George Rogers Clark and William Clark. She was married to Owen Gwathmey. She and her husband moved to Louisville with at least five of their twelve children in 1797. They purchased 335 acres and built a home near Harrod's Creek, east of Louisville not very far from her sister Lucy Croghan's home at Locust Grove. The proximity to her sister and other family members ensured that Ann had a strong social network to rely on. The Gwathmeys enslaved twenty individuals on their estate, whose labor created economic advantage and comfort for the family.

Source

The Filson Historical Society Museum Collection

Format

Language

Identifier

1943.5.1

Citation

Attributed to Benjamin Trott, “Miniature portrait of Ann Rogers Clark Gwathmey,” The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects, accessed May 18, 2024, https://filsonhistorical.omeka.net/items/show/5804.