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Busy, happy holiday

What a busy, happy holiday for the George Caleb Bingham portraits branch of Fine Art Investigations. First came the discovery of two long sought after Bingham portraits: Joshua Belden (1802-1877) and Agnes Elizabeth Lewis (Mrs. Joshua Belden) (1806-1843). Then came fresh photographs of a portrait that is an old friend, Sallie Neill
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Stories Behind the Portraits: Ruth McCarty (Mrs. Ephraim Allison)

Ruth McCarty was born on April 7, 1844, in Saline County,Missouri.  At the age of 24, 0n 28 May 1868, she married Captain Ephraim Allison, 32, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.  They honeymooned at the J. Huston Tavern … Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Miss Annie Allen (Mrs Samuel Long)

Miss Annie Allen (1853-1927) was a granddaughter of Dinah Trigg Allen and Shubael Allen. When George Caleb Bingham painted Annie’s portrait, she lived with her disfigured, reclusive grandmother and her pharmacist father, Trigg Thomas Allen (1804-1905). Her mother, Ann January Allen, died … 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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The Importance of Watson’s Insight

It’s not uncommon over the generations for family to forget the name of the person in the portrait who hung on the wall at Aunt Edna’s house for as long as anyone can remember. Auctions are littered with portraits of … Continue reading

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Sherlock Adds to Watson’s Conservation Blog

Today, art historian Patricia Moss takes a break from researching the mystery portrait to discuss George Caleb Bingham’s portrait of Thomas Hoyle Mastin.   Before and after portraits of George Caleb Bingham’s Thomas Hoyle Mastin, 1871, illustrated Watson’s blog post … Continue reading

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Bingham Portraits of Sallie Rodes Rollins

George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) painted four portraits of Sallie Rodes Rollins (1787-1856), the mother of his best friend, James Sidney Rollins, and an amazing woman in her own right.  See Sarah Rodes Rollins for biography.   The first portrait, painted in 1834, is one … 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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