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Object Record

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Object Name Portrait
Catalog Number 1968.001.01
Description Portrait of Nymphus B. Holway, La Crosse lumber baron. Oil on canvas portrait of seated man with a full beard, wearing a black suit with gold watch fob.
Collection LCHS Fine Art Collection
Provenance Given to LCHS in 1968, with actual receipt occurring in Nov. 1972, by Orlando Holway, grandson of Nymphus Holway. He stated in a letter that it came to him "from Jessie Scott Holway."
Dimensions H-39 W-34 inches
Height (in) 39
Width (in) 34
People Holway, Nymphus
Search Terms Holway Mill
Notes LCHS gallery painting guide states:
"Nymphus B. Holway: Arriving in La Crosse in 1854 to get in on the ground floor of the money-making lumber business, Holway owned a successful lumber mill in North La Crosse. He built his home, 'Holway Castle' on Cass Street but died before he could move into the massive stone structure."