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Object Name Portrait
Title Governor Earle C. Clements
Catalog Number 1949.30
Creator Collins, Harold
Date 1948
Material(s) Oil on canvas
Dimensions H-29.5 W-24.5 inches
Description This bust portrait shows Governor Clements with dark hair that is graying at the temples. He is wearing a dark blue suit with a white shirt and blue tie that is striped with a red and white design. He has a pin on the left lapel of his jacket.
Notes Clements was governor of Kentucky from 1947 to 1950.

The artist Harold Collins (1908- ) was a prominent local artist who was known to be the painter of at least eight governors of Kentucky. He worked for a period of time with the Kentucky Department of Public Information. While there, he was asked to create the new design for the Kentucky State flag that was officially enacted into law in 1962. The collection contains a several official governor portraits created by the artist including the two confederate governors Governor Johnson and Governor Hawes and the portrait of George Rogers Clark. There is an oral history interview with the artist in the KHS oral history collections.
Collection Earle Clements Family Collection
People Collins, Harold
Clements, Earle
Clements, Earle C.
Subjects Government
Government officials
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS