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Annual Matthew Harris Jouett event set

Kentucky master portraitist Matthew Harris Jouett was one of the 12 children born to Revolutionary War hero Captain John "Jack" Jouett Jr. and his wife, Sarah "Sally" Robards. He died on Aug. 10, 1827, at the age of 39. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site will present a special program on Saturday, Aug 12. "Matthew Harris Jouett Day: The Women with the Shawl" will begin at 2 p.m. in the visitor center. The public is invited and admission is free. The annual tribute to this other famous resident of the Jack Jouett House will include a talk by Steven Ray Menefee. In 1818, Matthew painted Mrs. William Dallam and her daughter. Mrs. Dallam was wearing a colorful paisley shawl in the portrait. Tradition says that Jouett, being a close friend of the subject, often borrowed this shawl for portraits he painted of other women. Mr. Menefee will give a talk about these portraits, collectively known as "The Women with the Shawl." There will also be a presentation by Tim Tomes on the Jouett painting "The Dead Christ Mourned (The Three Maries)," painted in 1824. Owned by the Cathedral of the Assumption since the mid/late 19th century and now part of the Archdiocese of Louisville Archives Collection, Jouett's largest and only religious work has not been available for public viewing for nearly 40 years. Plans to restore this Kentucky masterpiece are underway. There will also be an opportunity to walk through the house and see original paintings, not regularly on public display. These paintings will be available in the house for viewing for one day only. "Matthew Harris Jouett Day: The Women with the Shawl" is sponsored by the Woodford County Fiscal Court and the Woodford County Heritage Committee. The Jack Jouett House Historic Site is located six miles southwest of Versailles at 255 Craigs Creek Road, just off McCowans Ferry Road. For more information, call the Jack Jouett House at (859) 873-7902, email info@jouetthouse.org, or visit www.jouetthouse.org.

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