Oil Painting Study

Oil painting study of head of Henry Clay by Oliver Frazer

Oliver Frazer, Study of the Head of Henry Clay, ca. 1850. Oil on canvas.

Oliver Frazer (1808-1864) was a Fayette County native who studied with Kentucky portraitist Matthew Harris Jouett and well-known painter Thomas Sully. Frazer studied painting abroad before establishing a studio in Lexington; he painted Henry Clay multiple times.

The painting featured here is considered to be a study for a larger portrait of Clay.