“Elementary, My Dear Watson”

This post is by our very own Watson, Rosemary Hallin. 

I retired long ago from a career of assisting a well-known detective.  Recently, I found myself missing the stimulation of the hunt for clues.  As fate would have it, I met a sleuth of a different sort.  She offered me a position as her factotum.  As she described the nature and the process of her work, I found myself smiling.  Imagine my excitement when I found that her work as a fine art investigator often hinges upon the smallest of clues, from pupil placement in a portrait subject’s eyes to which part of the state is home to particular landscape features.  Oh, yes!  I can see myself smiling often in the future, and hope you will join me as I savor the excitement of learning just what Patricia Moss finds elementary in her work as fine art investigator.

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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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