On this day in 1856, George Caleb Bingham wrote:
Immediately upon our arrival in Dusseldorf I called upon [Emanuel] Leutze, the famous painter, who received me as cordially as if I had been a brother, and without a moment’s delay assisted me in finding a Studio, and introduced me to one of his American pupils though whose guidance I shortly obtained accommodations of the best kind, and upon most reasonable terms for Eliza and Clara…The space intervening is called Hofgarten, and constitutes one of the most beautiful pleasure grounds that I ever beheld. It is overgrown with large trees arranged in imitation of nature…We are located precisely as I desired.
The location does indeed appear idyllic.
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 “Letter to James Sidney Rollins from Düsseldorf, Germany, November 4, 1856,” Lynn Wolf Gentzler, ed., “But I forget that I am a painter and not a politician”: The Letters of George Caleb Bingham, (Columbia, Missouri: State Historical Society of Missouri; Arrow Rock, Mo.: Friends of Arrow Rock, 2011), 177.