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Object Name Portrait
Catalog Number 1943.100.02
Description Portrait of Frederica Augusta Levy. Oil painting, in oval format, framed with very ornate gold oval frame with dangling ornamentation at top.

Collection LCHS Fine Art Collection
Provenance A copy of an April 29, 1933 newspaper article reports a meeting of the LCHS at which artifacts from the home of John M. Levy were displayed. Among them were "two large oil portraits in elaborate gilt frames...They were loaned to the society by John Foley, north side hotel owner. The pictures, it was reported, were painted in 1858 by Charles Jenkins in England." A penciled note in the margin notes: "gift, 1943."
Note: Charles Waldo Jenkins (1821-1896), presumably the artist mentioned, was American, who worked in New York.
Date 1858
Maker Charles Jenkins
Signature Location Right hand side, just below middle of frame
Signed Name Charles Jenkins, 1856
People Levy, John
Levy, Fredericka Augusta
Notes Frederica Augusta Levy (1820-1890) was born in Germany and married John Levy in St. Louis, MO. Augusta Levy was one of La Crosse's most energetic pioneers. Her memoirs, dictated to her niece in German, provide a colorful look at the early history of the town of La Crosse. She welcomed many strangers and newcomers to her home, first as a boarding house and later a hotel.