Patricia Moss

Overview

Patricia Moss - Fine Art Investigations

Patricia Moss

I am an art historian, or art detective if you will, who specializes in 19th century American portraits. A snapshot preserves one moment in time while a portrait captures a life with all its complexities and contradictions. To help preserve the artistic and historic legacy in these portraits and to ensure portrait artists’ moral right to correct attribution, I developed a replicable procedure based on the scientific method that conforms to the legal and ethical standards of art authentication. Customized technological tools help me work efficiently to quickly find the date of execution, the artists in the region at the time, and comparative chronological images. Each authentication is vetted with experts and, as needed, confirmed with scientific analysis. Institutions with which I have worked include University of Missouri Museum of Art and Archaeology; Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri; State Historical Society of Missouri; William Jewell College; Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum. Artists I have identified include Jacob Eichholtz, William Edward West, George Esten Cooke, Samuel Bell Waugh, William Morrison Hughes, Edwin F. Goddard, Alban Jasper Conant, William James Hubard, and Chester Harding.

My expertise began with George Caleb Bingham,  Since 1999, I have located  68  of his “lost” portraits. The Smithsonian’s Research and Scholars’ Center  acknowledged my work as the “Bingham Lady” in their newsletter.  In order to better distinguish Bingham’s artistry, I studied and examined the life and work of his students and colleagues. Descendants of two, William Morrison Hughes (1818-1892) and George Calder Eichbaum, assisted me by providing me with access to and images of their ancestors’ oeuvre.

I served as a guest curator for the Bingham Bicentennial Exhibit, “Steamboats to Steam Engines: George Caleb Bingham’s Missouri: 1819-1879,” (March 10-September 8, 2011) at the Truman Presidential Museum and curated the opening exhibition, “George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History,” (September 2013 –), Jackson County Art Museum, Independence, Missouri.

Education

M.A., Art History, University of Missouri–Kansas City

M.A., History, University of Missouri – Kansas City

B.A., Philosophy, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Professional Experience

Curator, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, Jackson County Art Museum, Independence, Missouri, September 7, 2013-

Guest Curator, Steamboats to Steam Engines: Bingham’s Missouri: 1819-1879,  Truman Presidential Museum, Independence, Missouri, March 10, 2011 – September 8, 2011

Memberships

Member, International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)

Publications and Presentations

“The Memory of the Civil War in Art: Reflections of the Sesquicentennial of that War,” Historic Arrow Rock, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Fall 2012)

“Memory of the Civil War in Art,” Arrow Rock Historic Site, Arrow Rock, Missouri, September 2012

“Memory of the Civil War in Art,” Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri, September 2012

“George Caleb Bingham’s Order No. 11,” invited presentation to Kansas City Civil War Round Table, March, 2011

“George Caleb Bingham, An Art Detective, and Genealogy,” invited presentation to the Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, Missouri, March 2011, video on-line

“Memory of the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri through Art,” Shawnee Indian Mission, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, March 2006

“Understanding Missouri Regionalism through Art,”Missouri Folklore Society, 2004 Conference, Southeast Missouri State University, November 2004

“Art as a Portal as to Memory of the Civil and Border Wars in Missouri and Kansas: A Comparison of the Missouri & Kansas Statehouse Murals of Thomas Hart Benton & John Steuart Curry,” 26th Annual Mid-America Conference on History, Southwest Missouri State University, October 2004

Henry Bridges Jefferson, “My Colorado Experience: 1869” transcribed and edited by Patricia Jefferson Moss, Colorado Heritage, (Summer 2003)

History of the Guinotte & Harris Families, Kansas City, Missouri, privately published 100-page illustrated family history, December 2002

“George Caleb Bingham & Dr. John Sappington,” The Westporter, Kansas City, Missouri: Westport Historical Society, September 2002

“The Bingham Portrait Project,” The Jackson County Historical Society Journal, Independence, Missouri: Jackson County Historical Society, Vol. 41, No. 2, Autumn 2001

“The Portraits of George Caleb Bingham Reveal a Different History of Greater Kansas City,” Kawsmouth: A Journal Of Regional History, Kansas City Regional History Institute, University of Missouri – Kansas City, Vol. 3, No. 1, Winter- Spring 2001

Authentications

Authentication of Five Family Portraits after John Wollaston, Henry Lee II; by Jacob Eichholtz, Julia Anna Marion Prosser (Mrs. Richard Bland Lee II),1826; by William Edward WestLewis Penn Witherspoon Balchca. 1837; by Manuel Joachim de Franca, Mary Elizabeth Lee (Mrs. Robert Fleming), 1849; by Samuel Bell Waugh, Dr. Robert Fleming Fleming1871, private commission, May 2016

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham, Louisa Ann Conwell (Mrs. John Q. Watkins), ca. 1867, private commission, November 2015

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham,  Robert Patterson Clark, 1834/1835*, private commission, September 2014

Authentication of a New Portrait by Jacob Eichholtz, Elizabeth Brooke Weed (Mrs. Robert J. Arundel), ca. 1825, private commission, June 2014

Authentication of a New Portrait by William James Hubard, Miss Barton, private commission, ca. January, 2014

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham: Frances A. Booker (Mrs. James W. George), ca. 1854, private commission, November 2012

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham: Julia George, 1869/1870,  private commission, October 2012

Authentication of a New Portrait by Alban Jasper Conant: Portrait of a Woman of Strong Character, ca 1860, private commission, July 2012

Analysis of a New Portrait by Alfred Boisseau, Nathan Ball Bradley, 1886, private commission, June 2012

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham: Judge Ephraim Allison, 1872, private commission, March 2012

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham: Mrs. Henry Neill (Sarah Ann [Sallie] Elliott), ca. 1850s, private commission, November 2011

Authentication of a New Portrait by William Morrison Hughes, Margaret Baird (Mrs. David Andrews, Sr.) and her daughter Florie, 1849, (De-authentication of previous mis-attribution to George Caleb Bingham) private commission, October, 2011

Authentication of a New Portrait by Manuel Joachim de França: Judge James Turner Vance Thompson, 1849, (De-authentication of previous misattribution to George Caleb Bingham) private commission, September 2011

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham: James Sidney Rollins, 1854/1855, August 2011

Authentication of a New Portrait by William Morrison Hughes: Portrait of a Young Man, 1849 (De-authentication of previous misattribution to George Caleb Bingham), Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri, July 2011

Analysis of George Caleb Bingham’s Portrait of a Man of Missouri’s Boon’s Lick, private commission, July 2011

Re-attribution of five portraits, all previously attributed to George Caleb Bingham: two to William Morrison Hughes, two to “the Monumental Artist of Clay County, Missouri,” currently thought to be English itinerant artist ______ Hathway, and one to George Calder Eichbaum, for William Jewell College, Liberty, Missouri, July 2011

Authentication of a New Portrait by George Caleb Bingham: John A. Trigg, 1844, private commission, January 2011

Authentication of a New Portrait by William Morrison Hughes: Louise Moore Doan, 1849 (De-authentication of previous mis-attribution to George Caleb Bingham, 1835), Friends of Arrow Rock Arrow Rock, Missouri, July 2010

“A Connoisseur’s Guide to the Portraits of George Caleb Bingham,” 97-page guide to identification of portraits, August 2004

“Analysis of the Portrait of Fannie Medora Sombart,” 100-page illustrated analysis requested and presented to Bingham-Waggoner Estate, Independence, Missouri, October 2003

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