Jerry M. Wright; given to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1983
Life on the western frontier, which the Mississippi River defined in the 1840s, provided rich source material for the authentic depictions coming from the former itinerant portrait painter George Caleb Bingham of Missouri. The thoroughly American character of his subjects attracted the attention of the Art-Union in 1845. Bingham attested that its purchase of four of his paintings gave him courage to pursue his particular class of subject, “by which he gained his considerable reputation.”
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