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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.019
Object Name Painting
Title Portrait of Thomas Corwin
Description Left-facing portrait of Thomas Corwin shows him seated in an ornately carved, red upholstered chair. He is wearing a black coat, white shirt and black tie.
Date ca. 1840
People Cowrin, Thomas
Signed Name Not signed
Image size 32" x 26"
Frame size 35-3/4" x 30"
Frame desc In an elaborate 19th-century gilt frame with carved foliated and shell corner details
Material Oil Paint/Canvas/Wood
Provenance In 1867, the Ohio General Assembly passed a joint resolution relative to the governors of Ohio. The legislators resolved that "the secretary of state, on the first Monday of January next, whether the portraits of the governors of Ohio, state and territorial, can be procured, and if so, whether original portraits or copies, and the probable expense of procuring such portraits for the governor's office."

In the 1869 Executive Documents, Messages and Annural Reports, Secretary of State William H. Smith states that the portrait of Thomas Corwin was presented to the State by his family on April 26th, accompanied by the following letter: "Cincinnati, April 26, 1869.
Governor R.B. Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. Dear Sir:
On behalf of the family of ex-Governor Corwin, I have directed a portrait of him, which was painted from a solograph taken at Lebanon in the summer of 1865, the year of his death, to be forwarded to you, to be placed in the Governor's room at the Capitol. This likeness is, in the opinion of his family and intimate friends, a good one, and the portrait altogether the best that has been painted. Very truly yours, GEO. R. SAGE." [Sage was Corwin's son-in-law.]

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Search Terms Ohio Governor
Ohio Governor's Portraits
Subjects Governors
Portrait paintings
Collection Statehouse Artwork Collection/Governors' Portraits