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Boonville in Cooper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

George Caleb Bingham

(1811 - 1879)

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
1. George Caleb Bingham Marker
Inscription.
One of America's greatest painters, George Caleb Bingham, was known during his lifetime as "the Missouri Artist" for his depictions of frontier life and portraits.

Bingham was born in Augusta County, Virginia, March 20, 1811, and in 1819 the family moved to Franklin, across the Missouri River from Boonville. From 1828 to 1832 he was apprenticed to Justinian Williams, a Boonville Methodist minister, cabinetmaker, and carpenter. While an apprentice he did a portrait of local lawyer Washington Adams and painted a sign of Daniel Boone for the Judge Dade Hotel. Many more portrait commissions followed. He married his first wife, Sarah Elizabeth Hutchinson, in Boonville in 1836. She died in 1848. He remarried in 1849; his second wife died in 1876. He remarried in 1878 and she survived.

After six years in St. Louis and four in Washington, D.C., he returned to Missouri and in 1845 painted Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, regarded as his masterpiece. For the next twelve years many important works followed. His best genre paintings portrayed life on the river, such as The Jolly Flatboatmen (1846) and Raftsmen Playing Cards (1847), and his great series of political paintings, typified by The County Election (1851), Stump Speaking (1853), and Verdict of the People (1855).

Bingham,
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 11, 2011
2. George Caleb Bingham Bust
the politician, served as state treasurer during the Civil War and as Missouri's adjutant general (1875-1876). Though a Unionist, Bingham disapproved of the harsh treatment of pro-Southern citizens, portraying the cruelty in a large theatrical painting entitled Order No. 11, or Martial Law (1865-1870). From 1877-79 he was the University of Missouri's first professor of art. He died July 7, 1879, in Kansas City and is buried in Union Cemetery.
 
Location. 38° 58.598′ N, 92° 44.676′ W. Marker is in Boonville, Missouri, in Cooper County. Marker is on Morgan Street near Main Street (U.S. 40), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Monument is in Morgan Street Park. Marker is in this post office area: Boonville MO 65233, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick T. Kemper (here, next to this marker); Walter Williams (a few steps from this marker); Hannah Allison Cole (a few steps from this marker); James Milton Turner (a few steps from this marker); David Barton (a few steps from this marker); Capture of Boonville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cooper County Korea - Vietnam War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Cooper County World War Memorial (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boonville.
 
Also see . . .
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By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Morgan Street Park

1. George Caleb Bingham and His Works. (Submitted on August 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. George Caleb Bingham: Famous Missourian. (Submitted on August 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Bingham Artwork Online. (Submitted on August 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 563 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on August 9, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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