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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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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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Stories Behind the Portraits: Shubael Allen

George Caleb Bingham painted Shubael Allen and Dinah Ayres Trigg (Mrs. Shubael Allen) in 1835 in Liberty, Missouri, when he was 23 and on his first trip as an itinerant portrait artist.  These three-quarter portraits, awash in light, demonstrate the artist’s simple, flat, … Continue reading

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