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Portraits of the Governors of Connecticut

Hall of Governors' Portraits

Take an historical look at the State of Connecticut’s collection of Governors’ Portraits:
“Bad Art – Good History: The Story Behind the Governors’ Portraits” with Curator David Corrigan in a video available online, courtesy CT-N.Governor's Portrait

The State of Connecticut officially embarked upon the acquisition of works of art in 1800 when the Legislature commissioned a portrait of George Washington from the Philadelphia artist Gilbert Stuart. In 1830, a likeness of former governor and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wolcott, Jr. was presented to the State and hung in the State House in New Haven.


By the mid-nineteenth century the State had acquired portraits of numerous former governors and lieutenant governors, including some of the colonial period. It has become a custom of the Legislature to appropriate funds to have portraits made of governors after their departure from office.

Photo of Gallery of Governors' Portraits

The collection of Governors' portraits resided in the State House until 1878, when the current State Capitol building was constructed. In 1910, the State Library was completed and the museum's Memorial Hall became the repository of the collection.

Among the artists whose works are represented in the portrait collection are Ralph Earle, George Wright, Charles N. Flagg, Deane Keller, and Herbert Abrams.

The Connecticut State Library offers a listing of Connecticut's governors & links to their biographies. The Library also features an online quiz with "Facts About Connecticut's Governors".

The Museum is part of the Connec

The Museum is part of the Connecticut State Library.
Admission is free

Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut State Library
231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106 [Directions/Parking]

Tel: 860-757-6535, Fax: 860-757-6521
Museum Administrator: Dean Nelson

Museum Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Library and Museum are closed on Sundays, State Holidays & Saturdays when a holiday observance is on a Friday or Monday.

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