Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Story of the portrait

Nice backstory to this portrait of Frances Sullivan. When she was seeing the wonderful Dean Dowdy, he took a photograph of her and passed it along to his son-in-law, Duke Curnutte, who was a warden at the Kentucky State Penitentiary. Duke knew a man who was a gifted artist (unfortunately also a convicted forger) and the man did the portrait based on the photo. The price of the portrait?  Two cartons of cigarettes.

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