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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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