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[Bingham, George Caleb]: [Sartain, John]
THE COUNTY ELECTION
New York: Goupil & Co., 1854. Mezzotint engraving by John Sartain, 23 3/4 x 30 1/2 inches (sight under mat). Minor surface wear near top edge. Excellent tonality. Very good. Matted and framed to 31 x 38 inches. A striking political scene from one of the greatest American Realist painters of the 19th century. George Caleb Bingham was born on a plantation in Virginia but grew up in Missouri, where he lived most of his life. He was largely a self-taught painter, but one with immense talents and instincts; creating - in addition to a steady output of dignified portraits - a series of genre paintings depicting, with a blend of grace and humor, the way of life of the people of the plains and the Missouri river. Bingham was himself a politician of some renown, with an interesting record of party hopping. Bingham served a term as a Missouri state Congressman for the Whig party beginning in 1848, sided with Lincoln and the Republicans during the Civil War, and then served as a delegate for the Democratic Party in 1872. At various times, he also served as Treasurer of Missouri, first chief of police in Kansas City, and the Adjutant-General of Missouri. Throughout his political career, Bingham also remained a productive artist, leaving a catalogue of wonderful paintings that earned him the nickname, the "Missouri Artist." Bingham's political career inspired some of his finest - and most crowded - genre pictures, including COUNTY ELECTION (1851/2), THE COUNTY CANVASS (1853/4, also known as STUMP SPEAKING), and THE VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE (1854), a series of three political crowd scen … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company [United States]

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