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Two portraits related to a Ky scandal on display for one week

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. During his career, he painted two portraits that would take on even greater meaning after the subjects' deaths - Colonel Solomon Sharp and Patrick H. Darby. Col. Sharp was a lawyer, landowner, soldier, and early political leader in Kentucky. He was murdered at his home in Frankfort on the night of Nov. 7, 1825. Sharp's assassination was one of the first of its kind in Kentucky history and has become known as the "Beauchamp-Sharp Tragedy" or the "Kentucky Tragedy." The original portrait of Colonel Solomon P. Sharp has been donated by a private family donor in Fleming County, and is on public display for the first time in the Jack Jouett House through the end of October 2017. Patrick Darby was Col. Sharp's political rival, and allegedly had a part in the assassination plot against Sharp. His portrait has been at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, and for one week only. Aug. 10 to 17, his portrait will be hanging in the Jack Jouett House. This is the first, and possibly only, time the portraits will hang together for public viewing. The Jack Jouett House 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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