Roy T. King, "Portraits of Daniel Boone," MHR 33 (1938) 172-73

Roy T. King, "Portraits of Daniel Boone," MHR 33 (1938) 172-73

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Harding painted the original portrait in 1820 at Callaway's. The artist had advertised in the ST. LOUIS ENQUIRER on 5/6/1820, then again on 12/2/1820, so the implication is that he was away, including at Callaway's during the intervening period. In MY EGOTISTIGRAPHY he indicated he had been at Boone's during the summer, but did not give the year. On 10/14/20 the ENQUIRER noted: <It is a source also of no inconsiderable solace that a few weeks before his death, his Portrait was taken by Mr. Harding.> Instead of canvas, the artist used an ordinary table oilcloth. Harding gave this original to the state of KY and for many years it was in the capitol at Frankfort. In the meantime the state bought another portrait, the one by Allen, and abandoned the Harding version in an attic. In 1861 Harding "rescued" the portrait, which was in bad condition, and carried it home. Harding wrote: <The picture had been banged about until the greater part of it was broken to pieces. . . . The head is as perfect as when it was painted, in color, though there are some small, almost imperceptible, cracks in it.> Harding had another artist repaint the bust. He tried to sell it to Draper, but the negotiations fell through. It was then presented to his son-in-law, John L. King, of Springfield MA. It is now (1939) owned by Mrs. William Harding King of Winnetka IL. Harding made at least seven copies of this original. Roy T. King, "Portraits of Daniel Boone," MHR 33 (1938-39):172-73

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