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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part I

“From early youth to manhood’s ripened years, [they would be] the warmest personal friends, and next to their own kith and kin, each by the other has been the best beloved.”[1] So said Alban Jasper Conant, a mutual friend of both … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Paintings: The Mill Boy, 1844, Part 1

A George Caleb Bingham painting for the Boonville Juvenile Clay Club Banner, The Mill Boy, 1844,  is both a genre work and a portrait.  As a banner/ genre work, the painting symbolically rallied delegates at the Whig convention. Imagine a political convention with … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins – Part 2

Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins was “a remarkably fine-looking man, near six feet in height, and weighing about two hundred pounds, with a kindly and benevolent disposition, always neat in his dress, and very social, but dignified.”  After studying with Dr. … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins, Part 1

In the 1835 portrait of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins by George Caleb Bingham, the frilled dress shirt and carefully coiffed hair belie his humble beginnings. Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Sallie Rodes Rollins

The stories behind the portraits of George Caleb Bingham begin with Sallie Rodes Rollins, my favorite of all Bingham portrait subjects. She was  born as Sarah Harris Rodes on 7 June 1787, in Madison County, Kentucky, into a wealthy family … Continue reading

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