Monday, May 20, 2013
The Associated Press
CONCORD, N.H. — For years, the portrait of New Hampshire's 56th governor hung in the Statehouse. Now it's been removed, because it may not actually be him.
The image at left, from video provided by WMUR-TV, shows a portion of a portrait purported to be former New Hampshire Gov. Henry Keyes, which hung for years in the Statehouse in Concord, N.H. At right is a photo of Keyes that appears on the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website. After serving as New Hampshire's governor, Keyes went on to serve in the U.S. Senate from 1919 to 1937.
In this still image from video provided by WMUR-TV, workers on Wednesday remove a portrait purported to be former Gov. Henry Keyes.
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Henry Keyes served as governor from 1917 to 1918, but questions were raised recently that the portrait is an enhanced photograph, not an oil painting like other gubernatorial portraits surrounding it on the second floor. The clothing in the image also appears to be older than the fashion of the time.
State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro says it doesn't even look like Keyes. He told WMUR-TV when you look at other records of images kept in the United States Senate, there's really no resemblance to him.
A legislative committee voted to take down the portrait until it can figure out the subject of the portrait.