Bingham in Dusseldorf

On this day in 1856, George Caleb Bingham wrote:

Immediately upon our arrival in Dusseldorf I called upon [Emanuel] Leutze, the famous painter, who received me as cordially as if I had been a brother, and without a moment’s delay assisted me in finding a Studio, and introduced me to one of his American pupils though whose guidance I shortly obtained accommodations of the best kind, and upon most reasonable terms for Eliza and Clara…The space intervening is called Hofgarten, and constitutes one of the most beautiful pleasure grounds that I ever beheld.  It is overgrown with large trees arranged in imitation of nature…We are located precisely as I desired.[1]

Emanuel Leutze
Emanuel Leutze, Self-Portraitca. 1846
Oil on Canvas, 26 x22.5 inches
Georgetown-University

The location does indeed appear idyllic. 

Dusseldorf Hofgarten
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[1] “Letter to James Sidney Rollins from Düsseldorf, Germany, November 4, 1856,” Lynn Wolf Gentzler, ed., “But I forget that I am a painter and not a politician”: The Letters of George Caleb Bingham, ­(Columbia, Missouri: State Historical Society of Missouri; Arrow Rock, Mo.: Friends of Arrow Rock, 2011), 177.

About Patricia Moss

Patricia Moss is an art historian, or art detective if you will, who solves mysteries of 19th century American portraits. She located nearly 70 of Bingham’s lost portraits, a feat acknowledged by the Smithsonian’s Research and Scholar’s Center. From expertise with portraits of George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), she developed skills that evolved into a comprehensive system based on the scientific method that conforms to the legal and ethical standards of art authentication. Moss 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. She is also the principal researcher for Fine Art Investigations.
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