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Solutions to Portrait Puzzles – Tortoise Shell Combs

Sometimes, if I wait long enough, solutions to portrait puzzles reveal themselves even when I’ve forgotten about them. It’s been about ten years since I first saw the portrait of Dinah Ayers Trigg (Mrs. Shubael Allen). I wondered then about the strange little … 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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Opening an Exhibit in a New Museum

First we were obsessed.  Then we were interrupted.  In the middle of explaining our work with the Lincolns, we were asked to curate the opening exhibit in a new museum: the Jackson County Art Museum in the renovated “Truman” courthouse … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Paintings: The Mill Boy, 1844, Part 2

The Mill Boy by George Caleb Bingham was painted in 1844 shortly after the artist returned from four years on the east coast. There he had been exposed to the work of many artists. An especially popular piece was Thomas Sully’s The Torn Hat, … 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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