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Accession Number 1900.001
Catalog Number 1900.001.009
Object Name Painting
Other Name Portrait
Title Ethan A. Brown
Description Ethan A. Brown, Ohio's seventh governor (1818-1822 ) is seen sitting on a red chair against a gold background. He wears a long, dark coat and a high-collared white shirt with a bow in front. He has dark hair with long sideburns.
Year Range from 1869
Year Range to 1870
Artist Walcutt, David Broderick, 1825-1885
Notes Ethan A. Brown was born on July 4, 1776 in Connecticut. Brown moved to New York City in 1797 where he worked in Alexander Hamilton's Law Office. He moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1802 and served as Judge of the Ohio Supreme Court from 1810 to 1818. He was elected Ohio's seventh governor in 1818. During his governorship he sought comprehensive internal improvements and advocated strongly for public education. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1822; appointed Minister to Brazil in 1830; and was Commissioner of the Land Office 1835-1836. Brown moved to Indiana and and served in the Indiana House or Representatives. he was attending the Democratic State Convention, and serving as its Vice President, when he passes away. He died in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1852.
People Brown, Ethan Allen, 1776-1852
Smith, William Henry, 1833-1896
Walcutt, David Broderick, 1825-1885
Signed Name Unsigned
Image size 36.5" x 29.25"
Frame size 41" x 34"
Frame desc Gilt molded frame
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."

Ohio Secretary of State William H. Smith visited Ethan Brown's nephew, Henry Brown, Esq., in Rising Sun, Indiana, in 1867. He reported to the legislature that Henry had an "excellent and spirited" portrait of Governor Brown . . . which will be placed at the service of the state for a copy."

On June 25, 1870 the governor's contingency fund paid $140.00 to D.D. Wolcott [sic] for a portrait and frame of Governor Brown. The artist was David Broderick Walcutt.

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