George Caleb Bingham

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George Caleb Bingham - An American artist

George Caleb Bingham was an American artist born in Virginia on March 20, 1811. He was popularly known for his landscapes and his portraits which mainly represented Midwestern river life. Before the American Civil war, he was elected as a delegate to the Missouri legislature. In the Missouri legislature, he fought against the extension of slavery. Bingham became captain of a volunteer company and kept the state from joining the Confederacy. 

The early life of George Caleb Bingham:

George Caleb Bingham was the second son of Henry Vest Bingham. He received education from his mother in the initial stage and was a self-taught artist. Also, George assisted Harding and experienced a powerful impression. His father died on December 23, 1823, because of malaria. And after his father's death, the family was forced to sell the home due to debts. In Cooper's country, Bingham was apprenticed to cabinet maker Jesse Green. Later on, Bingham was apprenticed to another cabinet maker after Green moved away due to the flood. 

Bingham thought about becoming a minister in the Baptist Church, so he studied religious texts and preached at camp meetings. He also focused on his painting abilities which were developing greatly. In fact, he has established a studio in ST, Louis, around 1838. Bingham also became a member of Congress and a famous abolitionist, where he painted portraits of various politicians. At the age of twenty-five, he married an eighteen-year-old named Sarah Elizabeth Hutchison. 

Popular artwork by George Caleb Bingham:

George Caleb Bingham created many famous artworks. Some of his popular works are mentioned below:-

  • Boatmen on the Missouri, 1846
  • Jolly Flatboatmen, (painted 1846)
  • General Ewing's Order No. 11 of 1863
  • Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 
  • The County Election, 1852
  • Stump Speaking, 1853–54
  • The Verdict of the People 1854–55

This popular artist died on July 7, 1879, in Kansas City, Missouri.