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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF THE OHS - A large watercolor portrait of Portland's 54 most prominent people, painted by the late Bill Papas, was donated by the Hilton Hotel to the Oregon Historial Society.If you ate at the Portland Hilton Hotel’s Bistro 921 during the past two decades, you should remember seeing a large watercolor mural by the late Bill Papas of the Rose City’s 54 most prominent people.


That portrait is on its way to the Oregon Historical Society, where it will be displayed at the museum’s North Wing Gallery, 1200 S.W. Park Ave.

Hilton redesigned the hotel restaurant and decided to give the portrait to the historical society. The 8.5-by-4.5-foot painting hung in the bistro from 1995 to 2014.

Serge D’Rovencourt, former Portland Hilton general manager, commissioned the painting by Papas, who gained fame as the political cartoonist for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Punch Magazine in London. It features likenesses of Mark and Antoinette Hatfield, Phil Knight, Gert Boyle, Gerry Frank, Arlene Schnitzer and Mayor Vera Katz.

“We are delighted that the Hilton has chosen to donate this one-of-a-kind painting to the Oregon Historical Society,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “The painting is a unique representation of the personalities who were and are some of the biggest ‘movers and shakers’ in Portland’s history.”

You can see the painting during regular museum hours, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for OHS members and Multnomah County residents. General admission for everyone else is $11.

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