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Stories Behind the Portraits: Eliza Rollins

The eldest daughter of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins (1783-1845) and Sarah Harris Rodes Rollins (1787-1856) was Eliza.  She was born in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, on February 4, 1814, two years after her brother, James Sidney Rollins (1812-1888).  In the spring of 1830, … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part IV

  Following the Civil War, James Sidney Rollins declined to campaign for federal office. In both 1866 and 1868, regional voters elected him to the state senate. The Democratic Party drafted him as their gubernatorial candidate in the 1872 election. … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part II

In 1834, in the building that housed the law office of James Sidney Rollins, a young. self-taught artist, George Caleb Bingham, opened a studio in Columbia, Missouri. The two men quickly became friends. On June 6, 1837, Rollins married Mary Elizabeth … Continue reading

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James Sidney Rollins: Warmest Personal Friend – Part I

“From early youth to manhood’s ripened years, [they would be] the warmest personal friends, and next to their own kith and kin, each by the other has been the best beloved.”[1] So said Alban Jasper Conant, a mutual friend of both … 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: 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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Stories Behind the Portraits: Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins, Part 1

In the 1835 portrait of Dr. Anthony Wayne Rollins by George Caleb Bingham, the frilled dress shirt and carefully coiffed hair belie his humble beginnings. Continue reading

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Stories Behind the Portraits: Matilda Donohoe Aull

During a trip to Missouri in 2011, the owners of the George Caleb Bingham portrait Matilda Donohoe (Mrs. Robert Aull), that I had located her several years before, invited me to their home. I first saw the painting  in a black and … Continue reading

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