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A portrait of Matthew Harris Jouett, showing a white man in a white collared shirt fading into a black background.

Matthew Harris Jouett (1788-1827):  His Life and Work

Tuesday, May 11, 6:00-7:00 p.m. – Sponsored by the Thomas W. Bullitt Perpetual Charitable Trust. – Matthew Harris Jouett has long been regarded as the most legendary artist in Kentucky history.  That legend has attracted a voluminous oral history of misinformation obscuring the true facts of his life and challenging the credibility of works attributed to him.  This program presents the evolution of a critical biography of his life, based on primary sources, which defines his development as an artist within the context of the cultural and intellectual history of his time; to offer a perspective on his artistic legacy by addressing the currents of interest in his art since the time of his death, dispelling the more egregious errors, and challenging the veracity of the more fabled episodes which obscure his true worth; and to provide an illustrated checklist of work whose corroborating literature and historic authenticity are as indisputable as possible.

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Spaces Available for Rent Beginning 2022

The Filson Historical Society is a unique venue that blends the historic with the modern and provides a stunning background for any event. Several areas of the campus are available to be rented for dinners, retreats, meetings, receptions, parties, or weddings. The venues have access to 74 free parking spaces and wifi, as well as small catering areas. All of the Filson’s facilities have accessible parking.

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1310 S. 3rd St., Louisville, KY 40208
(502) 635-5083

The Filson is temporarily closed to the public to protect our staff, volunteers, and patrons during the coronavirus pandemic. All events are currently being held virtually; to register for our live virtual events, please visit our Events Page; for information on recorded lectures and other activities, please visit us online at Bringing History Home.

We continue to provide remote research services; please email gro.l1620416112aciro1620416112tsihn1620416112oslif1620416112@hcra1620416112eser1620416112.

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