“But I Forget That I am a Painter and Not a Politician”: The Letters of George Caleb Bingham (hardback)

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The 246 letters in this volume illuminate the complex personality of a man actively involved in the political, social, and cultural life of nineteenth-century America.

Letters of George Caleb Bingham

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Edited by Lynn Wolf Gentzler
Compiled by Roger E. Robinson
With an Introduction by Joan Stack

George Caleb Bingham, who earned the sobriquet of “the Missouri artist,” evolved from a locally known portrait painter to an artist of national renown. His letters illuminate the complex personality of a man actively involved in the political, social, and cultural life of nineteenth-century America—an eyewitness to westward expansion, a firsthand observer of river and rail commerce, and a participant in the Civil War.

In these letters, the artist-cum-politician describes his work on paintings and discusses political issues and candidates of the day—from the early years of the Whig Party in Missouri to the Unionists and Radicals of the Civil War period to the Democrats of the Reconstruction era. Readers interested in nineteenth-century Missouri will find these letters from the pen of an artist who maintained a keen connection to the political affairs of his time truly engaging.

Published by The State Historical Society of Missouri and Friends of Arrow Rock, Inc., hardback, 2011.