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PORTRAIT OF FRANCOIS CORREJOLLES ARCHITECT, BEAUREGARD-KEYES HOUSE 

 

Artist: Attributed to Charles Octavius Cole, American, b. 1814

Active New Orleans 1838-1842

Date circa 1838 - 1841

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Image: (21 x 27 1/2)

Frame: (35 1/8 x 29 x 3 5/8")

Credit Line: The attribution to Cole, while not ironclad, is by Tony Lewis, curator of paintings at the Louisiana State Museum, who suggested the similarities between this portrait and Cole’s portrait of another prominent architect of the day, James Gallier, Sr, property of the State Museum, presently on loan to Gallier House in the French Quarter.

Object number: 1984.1.1

Exhibition Label: 

Born in Baltimore, MD, Correjolles' parents had sought refuge there after the slave uprising in Saint Domenique (Haiti). It is not known where he went to school, or when he arrived in New Orleans, but his influence on design and style in the French Quarter is significant. BK House owner Joseph Le Carpentier hired him in 1826 - the original contracts and plans are at the New Orleans Notarial Archives - possibly because of Correjolles background in classical design although his original drawing of the front facade differs from what was built. Nonetheless, Correjolles' 'Amercan' influence is evident in the original Federal style front facade - new to the city at that time and an unusual fusion with the raised Creole cottage house form.  The Greek Revival portico was added about 10 years later. 

Provenance: Donated to Beauregard-Keyes House, 1984, by M.F. Munier, great-granddaughter of Correjoles.

PORTRAIT

PIERRE GUSTAVE TOUTANT BEAUREGARD (1818 - 1893)

 

Artist: Unknown

Date circa 1880's

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Image: (21 x 27 1/2)

Frame: (57 x 37)

Credit Line: Painted during Beauregard's tenure as supervisor of the Louisiana State Lottery.

Object number: 1972.1 425

Exhibition Label: 

Part of the value of a portrait of PGT Beauregard (as an historic object) would be to have an image of him in uniform. This portrait, however, shows one of the many other facets of his professional life - as a businessman. He was also a brilliant engineer (having saved the sinking Customs House on Canal street) and held a patent for a railroad / cable car design. The varnish has darkened the image and the lower hand was repainted at some time but as part of the collection of portraits in the ballroom, PGT Beauregard is a central figure surrounded by women he loved dearly. 

Provenance: Unknown

 

JOHN GENIN - ARTIST

 

French, 1830 - 1895. Born in Lyons, France, Genin was active in both New Orleans and France for most of his career. He studied in Paris, taught at the Southern Art Union and at the Athenee Louisianais. He is first listed in the 1860's census as living in New Orleans. Art dealer Laurent Uter sold his paintings from his shop on Royal Street where many famous New Orleanians would sit for Genin. Known mostly for portraits, many of which were also painted either from miniatures or photographs if available, he also painted landscapes. Genin’s portraits were exhibited at the 1884-1885 World’s Industrial & Cotton Centennial located at present day Audubon Park.  The Beauregard - Keyes House owns three John Genin protraits, the Historic New Orleans Collection owns six, and the Louisiana State Museum owns at least nine.

PORTRAIT

MARIE ANTOINETTE LAURE VILLERE BEAUREGARD (1823-1850)

FIRST WIFE OF GENERAL BEAUREGARD

 

Artist: John Genin

Date: late 1850's - 1860's

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Frame: (29 x 24 oval)

Credit Line: Signed lower right

Object number: 1972.1 422

Exhibition Label: 

Because the sitter died in 1850, it is likely that this portrait (and all the Genin portraits at the BK House) was painted from a miniature. Marie Antoinette Laure was supposedly the childhood sweetheart of PGT Beauregard but it is almost certain that they knew each other having both come from Creole families that socialized together. Togehter they had three children - Henri, Rene, and Laure. MA Laure died in childbirth with her daughter. 

Provenance: Unknown

PORTRAIT

LAURE BEAUREGARD LARENDON

(1850-1884)

DAUGHTER OF GENERAL BEAUREGARD

 

Artist: John Genin

Date: late 1850's - 1860's

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Frame: (51 x 35 1/2 ) American continuous molding silver leaf on applied composition on wood; scrolling foliate and geometric ornament; original condition, ca 1890s. 

Credit Line: Signed lower right

Object number: 1972.1 426

Exhibition Label: 

Youngest of the three Beauregard children, Laure was a constant companion to PGT when he returned from the Civili War and after the death of his second wife, Caroline. Nicknamed “Doucette,” she married Charles Larendon of Atlanta in 1884. Doucette died two weeks after giving birth to her second daughter , Laure (pictured after Lillian below) of 'milk leg' or what is known today as thrombophlebitis in the femoral vein. Nobody knows who's portrait is in the bracelet on her right arm but on her left, legend has it that PGT Beauregard snipped off a button and sent it home after he won a battle. Seven were eventually made into a bracelet (now at LA State Museum, Baton Rouge).

Provenance: Bequethed to the Keyes Foundation by Laure Beauregard Larendon. 

PORTRAIT

LILIAN BEAUREGARD LARENDON

(1881-1888)

GRANDAUGHTER OF GENERAL BEAUREGARD

 

Artist: John Genin

Date: ca. 1888

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Frame: (50 x 29-1/2)

Credit Line: Signed - inscribed, at New Orleans, with subject’s name and dates, lower left

Object number: 1972.1 427

Exhibition Label: Heartbroken from his daughter's death, Beauregard could be seen walking both his granddaughters around the streets of New Orleans. Unfortunately, Lillian continued the tragedy of the Beauregard women - she died of diphtheria the day of her mother Laure's internment (in Metarie which was a few years after her death). PGTB button bracelet painted on right arm.

Provenance: Bequethed to the Keyes Foundation by Laure Beauregard Larendon. 

PORTRAIT

LAURE BEAUREGARD LARENDON

(1884-1971)

GRANDAUGHTER OF GENERAL BEAUREGARD,

CONFIDANT OF FRANCES PARKINSON KEYES

 

Artist: Adelaide Everhart, American, 1865-1958

Date: 1904

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Framed: (29 x 24 oval)

Credit Line: Signed lower right. Adelaide Everhart studied portraiture at the Cincinnati Art Academy and with William Merrit Chase at the Arts Student League (NYC). Her portraits hang in the capitol buildings of Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, and Kentucky; Atlanta  Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Carnegie Library, Emory University; Joel Chandler Harris House (Atlanta).

Object Number: 1972.1.451

Exhibition Label: 

Also known as Doucette, Laure Beauregard was born and died a year apart from Mrs. FP Keyes. Laure bequeathed much of the Beauregard family furniture that the BK House possesses today. 

PORTRAIT

SAM WILSON JR.  FAIA 

(1911-1993)

NEW ORLEANS ARCHITECT, PRESERVATIONIST,  PROFESSOR, HISTORIAN

 

Artist: Auseklis Ozols

Born Latvia, 1941; active New Orleans after 1978

Date: Unknown

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Framed: (35 x 37)

Credit Line: Signed mid - right

Object Number: NA - Property of Tulane University, on loan

Exhibition Label: 

With over 200 writings to his credit, the venerated architect contributed an invaluable legacy to the city of New Orleans through his tireless passion concerning the preservation of the built environment. Wilson's connection to the BK House is huge - first in 1930 when he sat across the street and did a pencil drawing of the front facade, to 1934 when he joined Richard Koch and William Freret on the first HABS drawings of the house, to his involvement with setting up the Louisiana Landmark Association on the rear gallery, to the enduring freindship with Mrs. Keyes through which he contributed many hours of architectural advice towards the restoration of the BK House. 

L a n d s c a p e s  &  C i t y s c a p e s

GEORGE LORING BROWN - ARTIST

 

American, 1814 – 1889. Born in Boston, Brown studied wood engraving under Alonzo Hartwell and painting in Paris from Eugene Isabey on his first trip abroad in 1833 - 1834 eventually settling in Rome for the next 20 years or so, selling Italian landscapes to both Europeans and Americans. It is likely that Mrs. Keyes purchased his work in New England (where she had a family house in Newbury, Vermont and spent half of the year) since Brown spent time in his later years in the White Mountains. Brown exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum, the Brooklyn Art Association, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design. 

 

LITTLE WOODS AT VELLETRI

 

Artist: George Loring Brown, American, 1814 - 1889

Date: 1849

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Frame: (15 x 18)

Credit Line: Signed and dated lower right; canvas resverse

Object number: 1972.1.421

Exhibition Label: 

See above for description of artist. 

STUDIES OF BUTTONWOOD TREES AT ALBANO NEAR ROME, FROM NATURE

 

Artist: George Loring Brown, American, 1814 - 1889

Date: 1852

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Frame: (16 x 21 1/2)

Credit Line: Signed and dated lower right; canvas resverse

Object number: 1972.1.716

Exhibition Label: 

See above for description of artist. 

Frame: Period American exhibition frame.

VENICE GRAND CANAL

 

Artist: George Loring Brown, American, 1814 - 1889

Date circa 1878

Type: Painting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions

Frame: (37 x 56 3/4)

Credit Line: Signed and dated lower right.

Object number: 1972.1.436

Exhibition Label: 

See above for description of artist. 

Frame: American painting frame, c. 1870s-80s; gilded applied composition ornament on wood; laurel and berry top edge with banded corners, acanthus and geometric ornament on scotia; scrolling foliate ornament on flat; strung pearls, double flat-and-hollow liners.

BEAUREGARD HOUSE IN 1866

 

Artist: Alvyk Boyd Cruise, American, 1909 - 1988

Active in New Orleans after 1928

Date circa 1961

Type: Painting

Medium: Watercolor on paper

Dimensions

Image: (21 x 27 1/2)

Frame: (35 1/8 x 29 x 3 5/8")

Credit Line: Frances Parkinson Keyes commissioned Cruise to paint this watercolor to use the image for the dustjacket of her 1962 novel Madam Castel’s Lodger. Dustjacket was slightly altered, however.

Object number: 1972.1.444

Exhibition Label: 

Born in Cains, Mississippi, A. Boyd Cruise spent most of his childhood in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  He came to New Orleans in 1928 upon receiving a scholarship to the Arts and Crafts Club of New Orleans, where he studied with New Orleans artists Charles Bein, Weeks Hall, and Knute Heldner. He also trained and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He was one of the first inspectors for the Vieux Carre Commission. In 1966 Cruise became the first director of The Historic New Orleans Collection. His paintings hang in the permanent collections of THNOC, Louisiana State Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art,  and Imperial Calcasieu Museum (Lake Charles, LA). 

S c u l p t u r e

ACHILLE PERELLI - ARTIST

 

Achille Perelli was an important artist in New Orleans, active for forty years from about 1851. Born in Milan, Italy, Perelli received quite a few commissions in Amercia at a time when many American artists chose to work in Italy instead. Nonetheless, his talent was never in doubt.

 

Perelli sculpted many busts, medallions, monuments, and statues found across the city - like the bronze of poet Dante Alighieri for the Dante Lodge of Freemasons in Saint Louis Cemetery, bust of Louis Moreau Gottchalk in 1871, and elsewhere – such as a bust of Abraham Lincoln and part of the balustrade of the United States Capitol Building.

 

In the 1870’s, Perelli expanded his oeuvre, painting watercolors and pastels in the natures mortes style as well as landscapes. He helped organize the Southern Art Union in 1881 (later the Artists' Association of New Orleans) and taught and exhibited his work until his death in 1891. Achille Perelli is buried in Saint Louis No. 3.

 

BUST

GENERAL P.G.T. BEAUREGARD 

 

Artist: Achille Perilli

Italian, 1822 - 1891

Active in New Orleans after 1851

Date circa 1861

Type: Sculpture

Medium: Plaster

Dimensions:  (13 h. x 7 w. x 7 d.)

Credit Line: Signed and dated, rear.

Object number: 

Exhibition Label: See above. 

Provenance: Donated to the Beauregard - Keyes House in 2008 by the Munier Family. 

 
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