Moments in Kentucky
Legislative History

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Clay and Jackson Busts

On February 20, 1874, the Kentucky General Assembly approved a resolution to purchase busts of Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson, sculpted by Joel T. Hart, for the sum of $1,700. Hart (1810-77), a native of Kentucky who studied in Italy, reportedly thought more of himself as a poet than as a sculptor; however, he is remembered today for the sculptures he produced rather than his writing.

marble busts of  Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay

Marble bust of Andrew Jackson by Joel T. Hart. Marble bust of Henry Clay by Joel T. Hart. KHS Collections.

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