Category Archives: George Caleb Bingham

Bingham in Dusseldorf

The location does indeed appear idyllic.  (c) Fine Art Investigations, 2019 All Rights Reserved

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Eliza Bingham’s Death

On this day in 1876, George Caleb Bingham wrote James Rollins his thoughts about the illness of his wife of 27 years, Eliza Thomas Bingham. Continue reading

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“Clear Perception and Practiced Eye”

On this day in 1873, George Caleb Bingham in Kansas City, Missouri, wrote to James S. Rollins in Columbia, Missouri, “I will call by as I go east, and assist in the proper framing of your portrait. It will be … Continue reading

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Verso Stories: Supporting Actors

What are we to make of these verso stories of the lives of people who survive in name only, but whose labor earned the wealth that allowed the recto subjects to afford a painted portrait?  Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: The Dunnicas

Discovering History through Art Historians usually add a painting as an illustration. Fine Art Investigations uses portraits as an entry point to history.  An example is the stories behind the recently re-discovered portraits of the Dunnicas. The first part of their … Continue reading

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Rediscovered Bingham Portraits: The Dunnicas, Part 3

The work of E. Maurice Bloch (1925-1989), the world’s acknowledged expert on artist George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879), is awe-inspiring. At the University of California Los Angeles, where he was a professor of art history, he was known for his “meticulous scholarship and connoisseurship.” Without the aid of the Internet, and for most of his research, not even a computer, he compiled a wealth of information. But a major mistake needs to be corrected. Continue reading

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Rediscovered Bingham Portraits: The Dunnicas, Part 2

Provenance and art historical research strongly suggested that family lore was true:  George Caleb Bingham painted the heirloom portraits of William Franklin Dunnica and his wife, Martha Jane Shackelford. What Continue reading

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Rediscovered Bingham Portraits: The Dunnicas, Part 1

The logical starting point for researching the authenticity of the portraits was, and is,  E. Maurice Bloch’s Paintings of George Caleb Bingham: A Catalogue Raisonné, but in this case there was a problem to be solved.
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