National Society of Colonial Dames of
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Tennessee State Museum
Record No:
76.13
Subject: Brownlow, William G. here
Artist: Dury, George  
Date: 1866
Media: Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: 88.50 X 65
Location: TN State Museum
505 Deadrick Street.
Nashville, TN 37243
Web Contact: TN State Museum

History:

This is a life-size portrait with the subject in a standing position. His right arm is extended to his right, where there is a draped column. His left arm is bent at the elbow with his forearm and hand extending across his chest to his left lapel. In the right foreground, there is a desk that is almost completely draped except for one corner with the Seal of the State of TN. This painting was commissioned by the state legislature in 1866 for $1000.
Notes: William Ganaway Brownlow (1805-1887) was trained as a carpenter at age 18, and licensed by the Methodist Church (1826). He became a controversial journalist in the 1830s, editing The Whig from several East TN cities. The Parson was arrested in 1861 for his "Treasonable" pro-Union editorials. He became Governor of Tennessee (1865-1869) and served as U.S. Senator (1869-1875). He was known as the "fighting parson."

Categories: Portrait paintings;Politicians; Religion; Civil War; Reconstruction; Governors; Men.
   

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