Laura Clay portrait by Laura Sutton Bruce

Randolph Hollingsworth's picture

Portrait of Laura Clay (1849-1941) when she was probably in her 30s - currently hanging at White Hall in Richmond, Kentucky. The portrait was done by her friend and fellow suffragist, Laura Sutton Bruce. This is confirmed by Clavia Goodman in her foreword to her 1946 biography of Clay..The portrait was by then at White Hall where the Warfield Bennett family lived before they donated the home to the Commonwealth. The portrait is also mentioned in the Kentucky Equal Rights Association minutes as being a centerpiece for the Women's Tent in the Lexington Chautauqua of 1903. The artist Laura Bruce was president of the Fayette Equal Rights Association that year (see Lexington Leader, 21 Feb 1903, page 6). Read more about the Chautauqua event here: