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Mansion welcomes Civil War-era painting

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June 01, 2011

A 150-year-old portrait of Georgia’s Civil War Gov. Joseph Brown Gov. Joseph BrownGov. Joseph Brownnow joins his wife’s portrait in the Old Governor’s Mansion at Georgia College.

The governor’s 2.5-foot-tall-by-2-foot-wide oil painting is displayed in the mansion’s foyer, adjacent to the lady’s parlor where a portrait of first lady Elizabeth Brown hangs.

“When guests enter the mansion, Gov. Brown will be the first person they see,” said Matthew S. Davis, mansion curator. “It’s an image seldom seen of the governor, so we’re proud to have it here.”

A descendent of the governor donated the piece to the Old Governor’s Mansion.

Georgia painter John Maier created the portrait shortly after Gov. Brown arrived to the mansion. Gov. Brown was Georgia’s 42nd governor, serving from 1857 to 1865. He also served as a U.S. senator from 1880 to 1891.

“This artwork will serve as an important visual to interpret and preserve both the mansion’s and the Brown family’s history,” said Davis.

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