Matthew H. Jouett

Historical Marker #1888 in Fayette County recognizes the work of master portrait painter Matthew Harris Jouett, who was also a War of 1812 veteran.

Born in Mercer County in 1788, Jouett graduated from Transylvania University before studying law under a local judge. The War of 1812 interrupted Jouett's law practice, and he became a first lieutenant and paymaster of the 3rd Mounted Regiment, Kentucky Volunteers. When payment vouchers were lost during a campaign, Jouett was personally responsible and became riddled with debt. He resigned from the army in January 1815, at the rank of captain.

After the conflict, Jouett left his law practice and, the marker notes, "devoted himself to art." He studied under noted portrait artist Gilbert Stuart in Boston and then found success painting portraits in cities across the South. Some of his most famous subjects include General Lafayette, Henry Clay, George Rogers Clark, and Governor Isaac Shelby. Jouett, died at his home near Lexington in 1827. He now lies buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

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Lucy Price Weisiger

Lucy Price Weisiger

This portrait of Lucy Price Weisiger is attributed to Matthew H. Jouett, Kentucky's noted portrait painter and a War of 1812 veteran. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

Justice Thomas Todd

Justice Thomas Todd

Portrait of Justice Thomas Todd by Matthew H. Jouett Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

Letter from Matthew Jouett to General Thomas Bodley. August 8, 1818.

Letter from Matthew Jouett to General Thomas Bodley. August 8, 1818.

Letter from Matthew Jouett to General Thomas Bodley, August 8, 1818, requesting to have his land released from a mortgage. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

Flag of 3rd Kentucky Mounted Regiment used in  War of 1812.

Flag of 3rd Kentucky Mounted Regiment used in War of 1812.

This is purportedly the regimental flag used by 3rd Kentucky Mounted Riflemen during the War of 1812. This swallowtail flag has a field of thirteen stripes, alternating red (7) and white (6). The canton is 14 1/2" high by 12 3/4" wide (at the head edge) and consists of a painted "1" within a circle of nine stars. There are four additional stars in the canton, one in each corner. There is a 2" wide hoist edge. This flag was restored in 1915 by sandwiching the flag fragments between layers of netting and sewing the netting together to hold the fragments in place. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

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Sanders, “Matthew H. Jouett,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed June 24, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/53.

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