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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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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 III

In his time in the United States Congress, James Sidney Rollins: Introduced a bill to build a railroad and a telegraph line from Missouri to California that eventually became the Pacific Railway Acts of 1862 Voted in favor of the … 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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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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