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Tennessee State Museum
Record No:
77.3.1
Subject: Blanton, Ray
Artist: Street, Ann  
Date: 1975-1979
Media: Oil on canvas.
Dimensions: Frame 56 X 43
Location: TN State Museum
505 Deadrick Street.
Nashville, TN 37243
Web Contact: TN State Museum

History:

This portrait was commissioned by the Tennessee Historical Commission at a cost of $4000. The painting was blown from a wall of the State Capital in the first floor hallway when exterior doors blew open during a tornado that hit downtown Nashville April 16, 1998. An examination of the painting revealed a scratch in the paint surface below and to the right of the subject's left elbow. There is a second scratch in the paint surface above and to the viewer's left of the subject's head.
Notes: Leonard Ray Blanton was born in Hardin County in 1930. Blanton grew up on a farm, worked his way through the University of Tennessee and went into the construction business. Elected to the legislature in 1964, he also served in Congress 1969-1973. In 1974, he was elected governor. Blanton's administration emphasized equality for women and blacks, economic development and international trade, tax relief for older fixed-income citizens, and penal reform. Blanton created the Department of Tourism, making Tennessee the first state to have a cabinet-level department for tourism. His administration recruited Tennessee-based industry from Germany and Japan. Tennessee Blue Book

Categories: Portrait paintings; Governors; Men.
   

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