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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 22, 2014

Historic paintings receive $2,050 to fund restoration

By JEFF WILSON, Ledger publisher | Jul 06, 2010
Four of the five pieces of artwork scheduled for restoration and possible rehanging in the renovated Jefferson County Courthouse courtroom are pictured. The Jefferson County supervisors Tuesday approved a $2,050 contribution for the work that has a total estimate of $14,000. The portraits (from left) include Jefferson County lawyer Moses McCoid, George Washington, Fairfield businessman and Civil War veteran W.C. Ball and S. J. Chester. An additional portrait of Daniel P. Stubbs is included on the restoration list. — JULIE JOHNSTON/Ledger photo

The Jefferson Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a request for $2,050 by Mark Shafer to restore historic paintings that could eventually be rehung in the recently renovated courtroom.

Shafer told the supervisors a total of five paintings have been designated for restoration at an estimated cost of $14,000. Shafer said the work will be done by restoration expert Robert Norman, who resides in Van Buren County at Pittsburg.

“We are really lucky to have someone of this stature so close to home,” said Shafer.

Two of the paintings have hung right outside the courtroom in recent years. Fairfield artist H.G. “Pat” Shriner’s portraits of early Jefferson County lawyer Moses McCoid and prominent early businessman and Civil War veteran W.C. Ball were taken down during the courtroom restoration and are flaking from age.

The McCoid painting is 38 inches by 48 inches and the restoration estimate is $4,200. Flaking is apparent in the face area. The Ball painting is 60 inches by 40 inches with a restoration estimate of $3,550. Shafer said the Ball painting is badly flaking in the background.

A third painting was donated to the county two years ago, according to Shafer, and is a “nice little painting” of George Washington that is believed to be an 1876 centennial portrait. The restoration estimate is $850.

“It is probably a high-end folk art piece,” said Shafer.

Shafer felt the three paintings were in the most fragile condition of the five to be restored and would be done first. The final two would be done in a couple of years.

To see the full story, read the July 7, 2010, printed edition of The Fairfield Ledger.

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