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Jeremiah Pearson Hardy

Jeremiah Pearson Hardy (1800-1887), an American artist not well-known outside Maine, created this simple yet striking portrait of his sister Mary Ann in 1821 when she was 12 and he was 21.  He soon would leave for Boston, and later New York, … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Ruth McCarty (Mrs. Ephraim Allison), 1872

  Ruth McCarty was born 7 April 1844 in Saline County,Missouri.  On 28 May 1868, at the age of 24, she married Ephraim Allison, a Confederate veteran of the Civil War.  They honeymooned at the tavern in Arrow Rock and … Continue reading

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The Stories Behind the Portraits: Judge Priestly Haggin McBride

The person who most likely gave the brooch to Mary Snell McBride that is the most popular item in the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History was her husband, Judge Priestly H. McBride (1796-1869).  Judge Priestly McBride was known as a fair judge. He was a … Continue reading

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The Most Popular Item…

The most popular item in the exhibition, George Caleb Bingham: Witness to History, at the Jackson County Art Museum in the Truman Courthouse in Independence, Missouri, was the original brooch worn by Mary Snell (Mrs. Priestly Haggin McBride.)  The brooch is … Continue reading

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Finding the Artist of the Portrait Miniature – Part 2

In earlier blogs I introduced the Portrait Miniature, dated it Summer 1840-1842, discussed choice of region, and acknowledged my indebtedness to the work of Edna Talbot Whitley.  Now, with the Bingham exhibit opened, it is time to return to finding the artist who painted the little … Continue reading

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Finding the Artist of the Portrait Miniature – Part I

In an earlier blog we dated the portrait miniature Summer 1840- 1842.  The next question in finding the artist of the portrait miniature is: where? Hundreds of artists painted portraits in the United States during those years.  How could we narrow down the … Continue reading

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Dating the Portrait Miniature

To determine when an artwork was created – in this case, the portrait miniature — we analyze and compare clothing and hairstyles with fashion plates, photographs and other portraits with known dates.  Surprisingly, men’s clothing is usually easier to date than women’s. Men who commission … Continue reading

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Introducing the Portrait Miniature

In our previous post, we referred to a Lincoln obsession.  We’ve spent months learning about a portrait miniature to determine whether or not the sitter is a young Abraham Lincoln. The 2 x 2 ¼ inch miniature is a bust portrait of … Continue reading

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