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Object Name Portrait
Title Governor Simeon S. Willis
Catalog Number 1949.29
Creator Collins, Harold
Date ca. 1947
Material(s) Oil on canvas
Description This bust portrait shows Governor Willis wearing a dark suit, white shirt and blue tie. He has gray hair and light colored eyes.
Notes Willis was governor of Kentucky from 1943 to 1947.

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 Simeon Willis Family Collection
People Collins, Harold
Willis, Simeon S.
Subjects Government
Government officials
Search Terms Portrait
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS