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 Samuel Woodson Price  (1828 - 1918)

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Lived/Active: Kentucky/Missouri      Known for: portrait and genre painting

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Biography from Charleston Renaissance Gallery:

Samuel Woodson Price was born in 1828 near Nicholasville, Kentucky.  A portrait artist early in his career, commissions kept him employed until he left to study in New York City at the Art School of Design when he was twenty-one.

Price entered the United States Army at the outbreak of the Civil War and achieved the rank of Colonel. His brigade became a part of the Army of the Cumberland and he fought in the Battle of Missionary Ridge before being wounded at Kennesaw Mountain. The almost fatal injury took Price off the front lines and he was given a post job in Lexington. Congress awarded him the rank Brevet Brigadier General in 1865 for meritorious service at Kennesaw.

In the years following the war, Price continued to paint. He completed a series of portraits of Union generals including General Rosecrans and General Sherman. He ran for a seat in the state senate and lost, but was rewarded the office of Post Master of Lexington by President Grant. 

During his time in office he completed Caught Napping and Gone Up, two companion works that were awarded gold medals at the Cincinnati Exposition of 1872. In 1880, Price suddenly lost vision in one eye and while working on a portrait the following year, he lost vision in the other eye. No longer being able to paint, Price produced The Old Masters of the Bluegrass, a series of essays on Kentucky painters in 1902. 

Price died in 1918 at age 90 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

This essay is copyrighted by the Charleston Renaissance Gallery and may not be reproduced or transmitted without written permission from Hicklin Galleries, LLC.

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