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The New Jersey State House Portrait Collection

  • 125 W. State St.
  • Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Artwork Creator: includes artwork by Howard Chandler Christy, Seymour Thomas, Ercole Cartotto, Frederick H. Clark, H. R. MacGinnis, Ida Waugh
  • Hours: Hourly Tours, Monday through Friday, 10am - 3 pm & 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month, 12pm - 3pm. Closed Sundays and State holidays.
  • Access: Open to public. Groups of 10 or more must have advanced reservations.
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managed by NJ State Museum

“The portraits represent some of New Jersey’s earliest Governors. In the center is a bust of Woodrow Wilson, the only New Jersey governor to become a US President. Murals encircling the third floor ceiling contain a Latin inscription that reads, ‘There shall be justice until the Heavens fall.’

The collection reflects state history and progress, and includes images of state leaders who have left their names on our landscape: Governors Pennington, Livingston, Bloomfield; New Jersey Signers of the Declaration of Independence Signers Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Abraham Clark, John Hart, and Francis Hopkinson; governors familiar to United States History: (George McClellan and Woodrow Wilson); and recent governors Brendon Byrne, Thomas Kean and Christine Whitman. Artists represented in the collection include American Illustrator Howard Chandler Christy who, in addition to creating portraits of Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, painted the iconic Scene of the Signers of the Constitution of the United States, displayed in the United States Capitol building; portrait painters to US presidents, Seymour Thomas (who painted Governor and President Wilson) and Ercole Cartotto (Vice Chancellor Malcolm Buchanan and President Coolidge); Trenton School of Industrial Arts founding member Frederick H. Clark (Governor Stokes) and artist and instructor H.R. MacGinnis (Governor Hoffman); and accomplished 19th Century professional artist Ida Waugh (General Lewis Perrine).” – Downtown Trenton Artwalk

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