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Catalog Number PALM 00015
Collection Public Works
Date 1866
Artist Hart, Joel Tanner
Artist Role Sculptor
Title Henry Clay
Description Kentucky-born sculptor Joel Tanner Hart (1810-1877) originally created this life-size sculpture of renowned statesman Henry Clay (1849-1852) as a commission for the Ladies Clay Association of Richmond, Virginia, who intended it for their state capitol. The statue was such a success that the cities of New Orleans and Louisville commissioned Hart to make replicas for them. Louisville's statue of Henry Clay was originally placed in the Jefferson County Courthouse, now renamed Louisville Metro Hall, located at 527 West Jefferson Street where it can currently be viewed in the rotunda.

Joel Tanner Hart was born near Winchester, Kentucky, and began working as a stonemason as a young man. While employed carving monuments and gravestones in Lexington he was encouraged by Shobal Vail Clevenger to become a full-time sculptor. In 1849, he moved to Florence, Italy, where he established a studio and completed the finished marble Henry Clay statues for both Richmond and Louisville. (KG)
Provenance Commissioned by the Clay Monument Assoc. paid for by public subscription
Dimensions H-6 feet
Material Marble
Medium Stone
Technique Carving
Location Metro Hall Rotunda, 527 West Jefferson Street
Signed Name J.T. Hart
Signature Location Beneath Henry Clay's feet