Koch Portraits

Adopt An Artifact – Koch Portraits

Portraits of George Koch, Sr. (1837-1928) and his wife Anna Maria Becker Koch (1837-1903)

Conservator: Terry Boyle

Scope of Work: Cleaning and repair of canvases. Reframing with period frames (if they can be found) or period reproduction frames.

Total Conservation Cost: $7,370

George was born in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of German immigrants. Mary was born in Prussia (Germany). He was a butcher and lived in Butchertown (on Quincy between Adams and Webster), in Louisville. He was active in the 1870s and 1880s at the Jackson Market (on Market Street near Jackson Street), stall #3. These are among the few antebellum working-class portraits we have. They are recent donations that were bequeathed. They did not come with frames.