Category Archives: Art Detectives

Evolution of an Art Detective

In 2002, I was not yet an art detective. I was in the midst of earning advanced degrees in art history and history. But, the Bingham Portrait Project, my search for George Caleb Bingham portraits, had brought me to the attention … Continue reading

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Another new Bingham – Louisa Watkins

Louisa Watkins is the fourth post-Civil War posthumous portrait I have seen that depicts  a person George Caleb Bingham may never have met or barely knew. To create the portrait, he had to rely on a photograph. The others are … Continue reading

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For the portrait that led to Jeremiah and Daniel Wadsworth and to the previous blog, John Trumbull’s tender side, the investigation began with the painting itself. Oil on canvas, 22 x 18 inches, the hand of a skillful artist could be seen … Continue reading

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John Trumbull’s tender side

A recent portrait investigation led to Jeremiah Wadsworth (1743-1804) and to the intertwined relationships of an art patron and an artist, but most intriguingly, to a re-appreciation of both the influence of the art patron and the work of John Trumbull (1756-1843), especially his … Continue reading

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Robert Patterson Clark

Provenance By descent in family.  The subject’s grandson detailed the history of his grandfather and the ownership of the painting on an upside down blank invoice. The painting and note passed down through several generations to the current owner. Date The … Continue reading

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George Calder Eichbaum , Lily Tomlin, and Genre Interpretation

George Calder Eichbaum, whose work is often mistaken for George Caleb Bingham and an artist for whom I have advocated, finally received his due Continue reading

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Provenance research revealed that though the letter of attribution contained many errors, the portrait of Elizabeth Weed Arundel descended impeccably within two families. The attribution of the artist of the portrait to Thomas Sully, however, is questionable. The next step to determining the actual artist was Connoisseurship. Continue reading

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Happy Birthday 103rd Birthday, George Caleb Bingham

Happy Birthday 103rd Birthday, George Caleb Bingham, born March 20, 1811.  You were a man true to your principles.  You were an artist of exceptional natural ability who worked tirelessly to improve your skills.  Your honest portrayals of Americans and … Continue reading

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