Asa Park
American, died 1827
Portrait of John Norton Jr. (1783 – 1858), 1818
Oil on canvas
38 3/16 × 30 15/16 in. (97 × 78.6 cm.)
46 3/16 × 38 × 2 5/16 in. (117.3 × 96.5 × 5.9 cm.) (Frame)
Gift of Robert L. Boone Jr., Charles N. Boone, Elizabeth B. Shmock, and Sarah B. Burke in memory
of their parents Elizabeth Sharpe Boone and Robert Lee Boone 1971.6.1

A Pair of Portraits
Many of the state’s early residents who migrated to Kentucky from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia brought with them sophisticated tastes and an interest in art. Portraits, the primary subject of Kentucky paintings during the early 1800s, attest to the sitter’s social status and wealth, in addition to preserving a likeness. John Norton was a prosperous businessman who moved to Kentucky from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1812. In Lexington he hired Asa Park, a contemporary of Matthew Jouett, to paint this portrait.