George Caleb Bingham Portraits

Devoted to preserving the artistic and historic legacy of George Caleb Bingham Portraits since 1999, Patricia Moss of Fine Arts Investigations has:

  • Located nearly 70 “lost” George Caleb Bingham Portraits — a still ongoing task that gained her the nickname, the Bingham Lady
  • Curated George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, (September 2013 –), Jackson County Art Museum, Independence, Missouri.
  • As one several guest curators, outlined 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, Independence, Missouri
  • Identifies re-discovered Bingham portraits with replicable research:
    • Verifiable dates of execution
    • Documentation that the lives of the artist and the subject intersected at the date of execution
    • Comparative analysis with not only Bingham portraits, but also the work of his students, colleagues, and other artists in the region at the same time
    • Consultation with other Bingham scholars
    • Scientific analysis as needed
  • Compiles the stories/ histories of the people portrayed by George Caleb Bingham  for a book in progress to give a new historical perspective through the artist’s life and the lives of his subjects. Some of the Stories Behind the Portraits can be found in blogs on this site.
  • Brokers sales of previously known George Caleb Bingham portraits to Bingham collectors

If you have a George Caleb Bingham portrait or a question concerning a possible Bingham portrait, please contact Fine Art Investigations at fineartinvestigations@gmail.com.

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