Joel T. Hart Papers,1836, 1876

Descriptive Summary

Joel T. Hart Papers,1836, 1876
Hart, Joel T., 1810-1877
2 items (2 leaves)
Hart, Joel T., 1810-1877 ---Correspondence
Shryock, Sophia -- Correspondence
Hart, Josiah
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Joel Tanner Hart was born in Clark County, Kentucky February 10, 1810 to Josiah and Judith Tanner Hart. As a young man, he built stone walls and chimneys for a living and by the age of twenty-one was working in Pruden's marble yard in Lexington, Kentucky carving headstones and monuments. Hart began his career in sculpture when Shobal Vail Clevenger, a young sculptor from Cincinnati, encouraged him to sculpt a marble bust of Cassius Marcellus Clay. From then on, Hart received commissions to make busts of Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, John J. Crittenden, Robert Wickliffe, and Rev. Alexander Campbell. Although Hart was more enthusiastic about his poetry than his sculpture, very few of his verses were ever published in his lifetime. He died in Florence, Italy, March 2, 1877, but eight years later, his remains were brought back to Kentucky for reburial in the Frankfort Cemetery.
Scope and Content
This two item collection consists of a letter written by Kentucky poet/sculptor Joel T. Hart to Sophia Shryock, Sept. 9, 1836, and a poetic prose tribute written May 20, 1876 in Florence, Italy by Joel Hart in honor of his father, Josiah Hart.
Arrangement: Chronological