Blount County Courthouse
The Blount County (TN) Courthouse in Early Spring. Heritage Series, Plate III was painted by artist Paul J. Long in 1977.
250 prints were originally issued for this limited edition that were signed and numbered by the artist. The last remaining 17 prints are available for purchase to benefit the NSDA.
Paper size with white border is 19 in x 24 3/4 in and image size is 14 5/8 in x 20 in
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Artist’s Note | This is a portrait of the Blount County Courthouse in Maryville, Tennessee as it existed in the very early Spring of 1977. It was at this time that I did my research and sketches for this painting. The history of the Blount County Court Houses has been a long and active one. The primary structure in this portrait is the fifth Courthouse and was built in 1908. Several annexes have been added since then. The 1977 second level addition to the left and rear of the Courthouse was built after this painting was begun and has not been included. Over 200 hours were spent on the painting which was finished in November 1977.
Daughter’s Note | I found where my father wrote in his notes that Lamar Alexander has print 117/250 of the Blount County Courthouse. Lamar Alexander was born in Blount County, TN and served as United States Senator from Tennessee from 2003-2020. He also was the 45th governor of Tennessee from 1979 to 1987 and the 5th United States Secretary of Education from 1991 to 1993.
My parents moved to Friendsville, TN which is in Blount County in the 1980’s where my father had a studio and gallery behind their house in the small downtown area of Friendsville.