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Wed August 19, 2009
Alas, Purloined Portraits Vexing-Perplexing
By Tony McVeigh
Frankfort, KY – As a Virginia congressman, John Brown introduced the petition that made Kentucky a state. In June 1792, he was elected Kentucky's first U-S senator. Liberty Hall, his stately brick home in Frankfort, still stands. And it is there that someone has stolen from a display case, two, miniature wedding portraits of John and his wife, Margaretta. "They were married in February, 1799, and these portraits were drawn probably within the first year of their marriage. They passed down through four generations of the family and then came to us when we opened their house here in Frankfort as a museum."
Liberty Hall Director Karla Nicholson says the staff is deeply saddened by the loss, which is under investigation by Frankfort police. Nicholson says the portraits, valued at around 25-hundred dollars each, would be very difficult to sell, now that word of their theft is spreading.