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Object Name Portrait
Title Confederate Governor Richard Hawes Portrait
Catalog Number 1986.67.2
Creator Collins, Harold
Date ca. 1950
Material(s) Canvas
Dimensions H-30.063 W-25.25 D-0.875 inches
Description Bust portrait of Confederate Governor Richard Hawes.

The painting depicts an older man that is wearing a gray coat with black collar. The artist depicted the subject with very flushed cheeks and is sitting in a plain black background. There is a Confederate flag painted on the Bottom Left corner.
Notes Richard Hawes born in Caroline County, Virginia, February 6, 1797 and died in Bourbon county, Kentucky on May 25, 1877. He was educated at Transylvania University, eventually admitted to the bar and opened a practice in Winchester, Kentucky. He was an active member of the state legislature in 1828, 1829 and 1886 and even serving on congress under the Whig party in 1841. During the Civil War he was staunch supporter of the southern cause and strong Democrat. He left Kentucky with Breckenridge and others in 1861. After the death of George W. Johnson, he was elected to be the "provisional" or Confederate governor of Kentucky. After Bragg entered the state, Hawes went with him to Frankfort and was installed governor October 4, 1862. He retired immediately after the advance of Buell's army. He lived out the rest of his life in Paris, Kentucky and acted as the appointed county judge from 1866 until his death.

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 KHS Museum Collection
People Collins, Harold
Hawes, R. (Richard)
Subjects Art
Civil wars
Oil paintings
Portrait paintings
Search Terms Bourbon County (Ky.)
Civil War
Frankfort (Ky.)
Paris (Ky.)
Transylvania University
Winchester (Ky.)
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS