Another governor finds his place on the walls of Michigan’s Capitol

Nov 13, 2017

Another governor has found his place on the walls of the Michigan State Capitol.

Governor Charles Croswell held the office for only a few years from 1877 to 1880. But he was a lawmaker for many years before that.

   Now his portrait will finally grace the walls of the state Capitol.

Joshua Risner  painted the portrait and made the frame. Risner says he only had a black and white drawing for reference. So he spoke to relatives of Croswell to figure out things like eye color and skin tone.

“It take a lot of – I feel like it takes years off my life sometimes.”

Risner made the frame and painting using time appropriate techniques to make the painting as authentic as possible.