Saturday, May 21, 2016

Who is this frayed caballero?

This dashing young man with a sash, some 15 by 20 inches in size and battered, turned up in a museum storage drawer earlier this year while we were evacuating the Lewis Gallery, but the poor guy has no back story.

The accession number tells us he arrived in 1968 and that the donor was Dick Kirkham, Chariton city treasurer at the time who moved elsewhere with his family about 1970.

The absence of an associated story suggests that the Kirkhams knew nothing about the subject; most likely it was a found item or perhaps an auction purchase, bought for the frame. Obviously, he once was framed and displayed on someone's wall.

There may be a Lucas County connection --- or maybe not.

If you recognize this guy, we'd love to know about it. If you don't, feel free to make up your own story about who he was and how he ended up in Chariton.

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