Watching the Cargo Notecards

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Watching the Cargo, 1849 Oil on canvas by George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) part of the permanent collection, The State Historical Society of Missouri

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This set of cards includes 8 Watching the Cargo notecards, 8 envelopes and a gift box. Watching the Cargo represents three river men guarding goods from a steamboat that has run aground. Bingham pictures the wrecked ship in the background together with a magnificent Missouri sky.

The State Historical Society holds one of the largest collections of artworks created by the celebrated nineteenth-century Missouri artist, George Caleb Bingham. Born in Virginia, the young Bingham moved to Missouri in 1818. He is famous both as an artist and a state politician. His best-known artworks depict scenes of everyday frontier and river life in Missouri.