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Portrait of ex-Gov. Randolph returns to Richmond

Saturday - 2/15/2014, 1:34pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A portrait of former Gov. Peyton Randolph done by artist Thomas Sully in 1806 has returned to Richmond.

Officials say the Wilton House Museum recently acquired the painting after centuries of private ownership. It now joins other Randolph family portraits on display there.

Randolph served as governor from Dec. 26, 1811, until Jan. 3, 1812, after Gov. George William Smith was killed along with more than 70 others in the Richmond Theater fire.

At the turn of the 19th century, Sully joined his brother in Richmond and opened an artist studio where he painted portraits of prominent Virginians such as Randolph.

Sully is best known for his portraits of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette. His portrait of Andrew Jackson is represented on the $20 bill.


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