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Hanging Groves' portrait

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By Arin McKenna

Historical Properties Committee members, left to right, John Ruminer, Gerry Strickfaden and Tom Sanford hang a portrait of Gen. Leslie Groves in the lobby of the Los Alamos Historical Museum.

Groves stayed in the Blue Room of the Guest Cottage, which now houses the museum, whenever he visited Los Alamos.

The portrait was donated by Groves’ son, the late Gen. Richard Groves, and Richard’s children. The family decided to donate the portrait to the museum after the sculptures of Groves and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer were dedicated in May 2011.

The portrait was painted by Artist Albert Murray, who has been called “the greatest of all American portrait painters after John Singer Sargent.” Murray’s work is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of American Art.

The official unveiling will be part of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s 70th anniversary celebration, 3 p.m. April 5 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.