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Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895)

On the FaceBook page for this site,www.facebook.com/FineArtInvestigations,  I celebrate American portrait artists on their birthdays. December 28 marked the 173rd anniversary of the birth of Thomas Hovenden (1840-1895). He deserves more than a mention. He deserves at least a short blog. … Continue reading

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The Most Popular Item…

The most popular item in the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, at the Jackson County Art Museum in the Truman Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, was the original brooch worn by Mary Snell (Mrs. Priestly Haggin McBride.)  The brooch is … Continue reading

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Finding the Artist of the Portrait Miniature – Part I

In an earlier blog we dated the portrait miniature Summer 1840- 1842.  The next question in finding the artist of the portrait miniature is: where? Hundreds of artists painted portraits in the United States during those years.  How could we narrow down the … Continue reading

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Outside the Box – John Neagle

It’s been great fun while in the midst of a project involving all antebellum portrait artists in the Ohio River Valley to spend time with the work of intriguing but sometimes slighted artists. John Neagle (1796-1865) is one.  Beyond the well-known … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Dinah Ayers Trigg (Mrs Shubael Allen)

When Bingham painted her portrait in 1835, Dinah Ayres Trigg (1803- 1886) (Mrs. Shubael Allen), was 32 and pregnant with her eighth child. She was descended from the family of Captain William Clark. Her uncle, James Clark, was governor of Kentucky from 1836 to 1839. … Continue reading

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Another Conant?

Not long after we completed our work on Alban Jasper Conant with the Portrait of Woman of Strong Character, an art collector asked me to determine if a portrait of two children could be the lost painting, “Group, Two Young Girls,” 1839/40, by George … Continue reading

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The Boisseau in Ilwaco – Nathan Ball Bradley

To answer the second question posed in an earlier post: Who is the Unknown Man in the portrait painted by Alfred Boisseau in 1886 that currently hangs in Ilwaco, Washinghton, I examined a Family Bible that was with the portrait.  The marriage of … Continue reading

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The Inspiration…can scarcely be overestimated

A friend recently alerted us that a bookseller requested a “Bingham expert.” When we replied, we found the bookseller had found the signature, “Geo. Bingham” in an inscription in James Orton’s The Proverbialist and the Poet, published in 1853 by … Continue reading

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