The Filson is conducting gallery tours in conjunction with the publication of Estill Curtis Pennington’s Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920. These guided tours are designed to provide unique insights into portraits in The Filson’s collection, spanning all three floors of the Ferguson Mansion.
The Filson Historical Society holds some 400 portraits painted by a wide variety of artists in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, representing one of the most extensive holdings available for study in the region. Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920 features an extensive selection of The Filson’s paintings, in addition to biographical notes on each artist and a cultural chronology. The result is a vivid portrayal of regional portraiture.
The tours are limited in capacity, so reservations are necessary.