He was a talented portrait artist.
Kentucky and Ohio Valley 1800-1920 Portraits
The Filson Historical Society at 1310 S. Third Street in Louisville, Kentucky, currently has an art exhibition that will be of interest to folks interested in the Confederacy.The exhibit is free of charge and will run through the summer. Their hours are 9-5 Monday through Friday and open on one Saturday a month.
As you may be aware, I have struggled to encourage several Louisville museums including the Filson to exhibit the wonderful works of Nicola Marschall, a Confederate from Prussia. It came as a surprise to learn recently that this portrait exhibition contains several of his works. The Filson actually owns ten Marschall portraits in addition to some four hundred works of art.
Four of Marschall’s portraits are included in this exhibition entitled Lessons in Likeness. A fifth is hanging in a research office and a member of the staff was gracious enough to let me view it. One portrait is in the second floor library and all the others are on the third floor. There is an elevator available.
Several pages from his sketchbook and a copy of a photograph of a young Nicola Marschall are displayed within a glass case. My personal favorite portrait is that of General William Preston.
Among the works by other artists are busts of General William Preston and our War Governor Beriah Magoffin, along with portraits painted in1864 of Colonel and Mrs. George M. Jessee.
The Filson Historical Society is housed in the original Ferguson Mansion and is a delight to behold both inside and outside. You will want to spend an hour or so to view the portraits. Donations are accepted and membership is available. For additional details: call (502) 635-5083 or go to the website www.filsonhisorical.org.
Lessons In Likeness