George Caleb Bingham

American , 1811 - 1879

Born in the Shenandoah River Valley in Virginia, Bingham who is widely known as a portraitist was largely self- taught. He studied briefly at the age of nineteen with Chester Harding, one of the leading portraitists of the day and by 1835 he had established himself as a portrait painter. He attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts briefly and in 1840, began creating portraits for Washington D.C. officials and other prominent figures.

He painted two portraits with former tutor, Chester Harding. One of their collaborations was a painting of Daniel Boone, whom they painted to look much younger than he was at the time of the sitting. He was eventually drawn into politics and in 1846 was elected to the state legislature of Missouri. Bingham died in Kansas City, Missouri in 1879.
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