Cogswell painting sought

The Carondelet (South St. Louis) Historical Society is looking for a portrait of Henry Taylor Blow, which he commissioned William Cogswell to paint in the 1860’s.  According to historians, Blow planned to give the portrait to the Brazilian government, where he had acted as what in modern times would be known as an ambassador.  But there was a coup, explains Vicki Flier of the Historical Society, and the Brazilian emperor was overthrown.  So Blow kept the portrait.   When he died the family didn’t know what to do with it and gave the portrait to a society.  Then the society gave it to Blow School on Loughborough, "so the kids that were going there would know who the school was named after," says Flier.  It is believed the portrait hung in the school’s hallway from 1907 until at least 1950, and then someone took him down or took him home. 

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I am a retired minister of the United Church of Canada. I am currently Editor of the Cogswell Courier, the newsletter of the Cogswell Family Association.
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