New George Caleb Bingham Portraits

Scroll down to see the hand of the same artist in all the images. Even as his technique matured, George Caleb Bingham’s distinctive style is visible even as his technique matured or as he memorialized individuals no longer living.

Nearly 30 possible new Bingham portraits have been brought to the attention of Fine Art Investigations. Bingham’s name so dominated portraiture at the heart of the nation that memory of other artists was nearly obliterated. Even those attributed to Bingham by family tradition often prove to be ones by his colleagues or students.

For the portraits on this page, provenance has been established definitively. All have been dated and thoroughly researched. Connoisseurs of the work of the Missouri Artist have reviewed them.  Most have undergone scientific examination.

These recently discovered portraits include one of the artist’s earliest paintings, Robert Patterson Clark, 1834-1835; one that illustrates his transition from portraiture to genre scenes, John A. Trigg, ca. 1844; a small masterpiece nearly relegated to oblivion by an overzealous young curator and a clerical error, Frances A. Booker (Mrs. James W. George), ca. 1853; a missing piece in Bingham’s carefully wrought depictions of his best friend, James Sidney Rollins, 1855/1856; three posthumous, post-war portraits based on photographs, Louisa A. Conwell (Mrs. John Q. Watkins), ca. 1867; Julia George, ca. 1869, Sarah Ann (Sallie) Elliott (Mrs. Henry A. Neill), ca. 1871; and the previously lost husband and father from a trio of family portraits, Judge Ephraim Allison, ca. 1872. Links below the images provide detailed information.

Portraits

George Caleb Bingham, Robert Patterson Clark, 1834-1835

George Caleb Bingham, Robert Patterson Clark, 1834-1835
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 25 inches
Private Collection (Reduced)

Robert P. Clark, 1834/1835

George Caleb Bingham, John A. Trigg

George Caleb Bingham, John A. Trigg, ca. 1844
Oil on Canvas, 30 inches x 25 inches
Private Collection

John A. Trigg, ca. 1844

Image of George Caleb Bingham portrait of Frances Annabelle Booker (Mrs. James W. George), ca. 1853

George Caleb Bingham, Frances Annabelle Booker (Mrs. James W. George), ca. 1853
Oil on Canvas, 14 x 17 inches
Private Collection

Frances B. George, ca. 1853

George Caleb Bingham, Major James Sidney Rollins, 1855-1856

George Caleb Bingham, Major James Sidney Rollins, 1855-6
Oil on canvas, 53 x 45 inches
McClain Collection
Jackson County Art Museum
Independence, Missouri

J.S. Rollins, ca, 1855/1856

Image of George Caleb Bingham portrait of Louisa Ann Conwell (Mrs. John Q. Watkins), 1867

George Caleb Bingham, Louisa Ann Conwell (Mrs. John Q. Watkins), ca. 1867
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 25 inches
Private Collection

Louisa A. Watkins, ca. 1867

Detail of George Caleb Bingham ca. 1869 Portrait of Julia George

George Caleb Bingham, Julia George, 1869
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 25 inches (oval)
Kenneth B. and Cynthia McClain Collection
Jackson County Art Museum
Independence, Missouri

Julia George, ca. 1869

George Caleb Bingham, Mrs Henry A Neill (Sarah Ann (Sallie) Elliott), 1871 (Detail)

George Caleb Bingham, Mrs Henry A Neill (Sarah Ann (Sallie) Elliott), 1871
Oil on Canvas, 30 x 25 inches
Private Collection (Detail)

Sallie A. Neill, ca. 1871

George Caleb Bingham, Judge Ephraim Allison, ca. 1872
Oil on Canvas 30 x 25 inches
Private Collection

Ephraim B. Allison, 1872

 

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