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  • This database is slowly being built.  We are adding and describing the Scientific Apparatus held in the Moosnick Collection and slowly adding information on artwork and other artifacts. If you are interested in supporting this work with a monetary donation, please contact Susan Brown, Library Director.

Artwork

John Edward Bale
Harbour Scene, c. 1800s
Oil

Location: Library - Near Jazzman’s door

Joseph H. Bush
Nannie Massie Bush (1836-1916), Benjamin Dudley Bush (1839-1873), Thomas James Bush (1840-1920), c. 1850

Oil on board

The children, Nannie Massie Bush , Benjamin Dudley Bush, and Thomas James Bush, were the niece and nephews of the artist.  Nannie Massie Bush appears in a portrait with her mother as well as a small portrait by herself.

Location: Main floor by the staff area.

Joseph H. Bush
Elizabeth Palmer (Mrs. Philip Bush, Jr), c. 1830

oil on board

Elizabeth Palmer was the mother of noted Kentucky artist Joseph H. Bush.

Location: Main floor by the staff area

Joseph H. Bush
Dr. James Bush, c. 1840s

oil on board

James Bush lived 1808-1875 and was professor of anatomy and surgery.  He was the artist’s brother.  A portrait of his wife and child hangs in the Board Room of Old Morrison.  Nannie Massie Bush (1836-1916), Benjamin Dudley Bush (1839-1873), and Thomas James Bush (1840-1920) were his children.

Location:  Thomas study room on the main floor

Joseph H. Bush
Dr. James Miles Bush (1808-1875),  c. 1837

oil on board

James Miles Bush was the brother of the artist and husband to Charlotte James Bush.  Dr. Bush was a medical faculty member at Transylvania.There is a second portrait of him in which he is slightly older and wears glasses.

Joseph H. Bush
Charlotte James Bush (Mrs. James Miles Bush) and Nannie Massie Bush,  c. 1837

oil on board

Charlotte James (1815-1898) was the wife of Dr. James Miles Bush.  Nannie Massie Bush (1836-1916) was the niece of the artist and a popular subject.  She appears in two other paintings by Bush which the college owns.

Joseph H. Bush
Self-portrait,  c. 1837
oil on board

Bush was a Kentucky portrait artist and brother of Dr. James Miles Bush.  We have a number of his paintings.  Many of them are of his family members.

Location: Library - near staff area

Joseph H. Bush
Nannie Massie Bush , c.1820

oil on board

Nannie Massie Bush was the niece of the artist and a popular subject.  She appears in two other paintings by Bush which the college owns.

Location: Library - Main floor by the staff area
Joseph H. Bush
Self Portrait

Joseph H. Bush
Dr. Benjamin Winslow Dudley, circa 1845-50
oil
 

Dudley lived 1785 - 1870 and was an outstanding teacher and surgeon of the Transylvania Medical Department from 1809 to 1850. He received national prominence for his operation of lithotomy, or removal of bladder stones. There is another portrait of him by Jouett in the library.

Location: Director’s Office

Joseph H. Bush? Or Jouett?
Nancy Robb sister of Sarah Roche, 1818
oil on board

Nancy Robb was the sister of Sarah Roche whose husband John Roche was a professor of Latin and Greek at Transylvania.  The companion portrait of Sarah Roche is privately owned.

Location: Main Floor by the staff area 

Samuel Dearborn
James Moore, early 1800s

oil on canvas

Moore was the first president of Transylvania and rector of Christ Church, Lexington's First Episcopal Church. He died in 1814.  Although the affixed brass plate names Jouett as the artist, experts have recently attributed this portrait to Samuel Dearborn.

Location: Main floor by the staff area

Jose de Salazar, New Orleans
unknown subject,  c. 1800
oil on board

Location: Library storage

Jacob Frymire
John Todd, date unknown

Oil on canvas

Although we are not sure if this is the same John Todd, a John Todd gave much of the original library and paraphernalia to help the founding of Transylvania.  The portrait was a gift of Dr. and Mrs. Stanley Parks.

Location: Main floor in the Reference stacks

Edwin Goddard
Henry Hopson, 1800s

oil on canvas

Hopson was an 1829 graduate of Transylvania University Medical Department.

Location: Thomas study room on the main floor

George P. A. Healy
Joseph Bush, c.1864
Oil

Bush was a Kentucky Portrait Artist and brother to D. James Miles Bush who taught at Transylvania.

Location: Director’s Office

Mathew Jouett
Dr. James Blythe, 1818

oil on canvas

Blythe was president of Transylvania from 1804-1816 and first president of Hanover College. He served as the librarian for the college as well as president in 1804-05.  He lived 1765-1842.  Portrait of his wife is available. 

Location: Library - Main floor by the staff area

Mathew Jouett
Margaret Blythe (Mrs. James Blythe),  1818
oil on canvas

Her husband was James Blythe, President of Transylvania from 1804-1816 and first president of Hanover College. Portrait of her husband is available.

Location: Library - Main floor by the staff area

Mathew Jouett
Benjamin Winslow Dudley, date unknown (19th Century)

oil on board

Dudley lived 1785-1870 and was an outstanding teacher and surgeon of the Transylvania Medical Department from 1809 to 1850. He rose to national prominence for his operation of lithotomy, or removal of bladder stones. There is another portrait of him by Bush in the Board Room of Old Morrison.

Location: Library
Jouett
Horace Holley

Mathew Jouett
Horace Holley, 1820
oil on board

Holley was president of Transylvania from 1818-1827. Under his leadership the medical department expanded greatly.  It was during his time as president that Lexington was known as the "Athens of the West."  There is another painting of Holley in Old Morrison.

Location: Library

Mathew Jouett
Isaac Shelby,  early 1800s
oil

Shelby lived 1750-1826. He was the first governor of Kentucky and an early trustee of Transylvania.
Painting was given by the living heirs of W.R. Shelby, Grand Rapids Michigan

Location: Welcome room in Old Morrison

Mathew Jouett
John Roche, date unknown

oil on board

Roche was a professor of Latin and Greek at Transylvania. He died in 1845.
 

Location: Library - Lower level by the computer lab

possibly Mathew Jouett
Colonel James Morrison, date unknown
oil on board

James Morrison lived 1755-1823. He was a member of the Transylvania Board of Trustees. Old Morrison is named for him. There is a nearly identical painting in the Board Room of Old Morrison.  This might be a Suddeth Goff.

Location: Library

Mathew Jouett
Robert Patterson, date unknown (19th Century)
oil on canvas

Robert Patterson lived 1753-1827. He was a leading citizen of Lexington and became a trustee of Transylvania in 1795. He was a member of the first party of men to settle on the  Town Branch of South Elkhorn Creek.  His log cabin is preserved on Transylvania's campus. This painting has also been attributed to Sudduth Goff.

Location:  Library - Main floor back hall by the staff area

Loos
Henry White

John Neagle
Reverend Henry Bidleman Bascom, c 1826
Oil

The Rev. Henry Bidleman Bascom, a Methodist of great oratorical and administrative ability, was appointed president, and under his leadership in the period of 1842-49 the school's enrollment greatly increased and new faculty members were hired. This period of revival ended in 1850 when a split in the Methodist church over the slavery issue led to the formation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, which severed its ties with Transylvania when it realized it did not have complete legal control.
-From the "Transylvania University" entry in Kentucky Encyclopedia

Location: Library Director’s Office

Stephen Parrish
Harbor scene,  c. 1887

etching

Stephen Parrish was Maxfield Parrish's father.

Location: Library - Public Services Librarian’s office

J. T. Poindexter, attributed

Girl in Yellow, date unknown

oil on board

Location:  Staff area

J. T. Poindexter, attributed
Believed to be Benjamin Gratz as a boy,  date unknown (19th Century)
oil on board

Benjamin Gratz (1792-1884) was a board member of Transylvania and Gratz Park is named for him.  The painting was gifted to the university in 1995 by Mrs R Warfield Gratz.

Location:

Samuel Woodson Price

General George Henry Thomas,  1869

oil on canvas

Thomas was a Virginian who was disowned by his family when he decided to fight for the North.  He is considered by many historians to be one of the three prominent generals of the Union.  The portrait was presented to the college by the heirs of General Price. It was cleaned and restored in the late 1990s.

Location: Library - Stairwell to Special Collections

More info in article on p4 of Transylvania Treasures, 4.1

Ravanaugh
unknown subject
Ravanaugh
Unknown subject
Paul Sawyier

Robert Burns Wilson

Sea at Sunset,  date unknown

watercolor

 

Location:  

Robert Burns Wilson

Green Tree in Blossoms, date unknown

watercolor

Location:
Robert Burns Wilson
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Information provided by Kurt Gohde, BJ Gooch, Buck Pennington, Andrea Fisher and Susan Brown

Artist Unknown

 Botany Cabinet, c. 1830s
Kentucky Walnut

This Botany Cabinet belonged to Charles Wilkins Short who was an 1810 Transylvania graduate.  He served as Dean of the Faculty and Chair of Materia Medica and Medical Botany at Transylvania from 1825 to 1837.  In 1828, with his colleague John Esten Cooke, M.D., he founded the Transylvania Journal of Medicine and the Associate Sciences

More information in article on p12 of Transylvania Treasures, 3.2:
http://www.transy.edu/news/publications/treasures8/index.htm

Location: Library

Artist:unknown
Date painted:
Subject: unknown

Location: Not on display