"Stump Speaking" by George Caleb Bingham

Presented is an engraving of George Caleb Bingham’s Stump Speaking. George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) was a famed American artist, as well as a soldier and politician, and was commonly referred to as the “Missouri Artist.” Bingham was elected as a delegate to the Missouri legislature preceding the American Civil War. Bingham, dedicated to the Union cause, fought as a dedicated soldier and eventually served as Missouri’s Treasurer after the war. While his political career is reputable, his paintings of frontier life were exceedingly popular including his Stump Speaking.

Stump Speaking details a scene in Missouri where a politician, positioned on the stand above a crowd, persuades citizens to vote in his favor. Bingham made preliminary sketches of the scene before putting it to oil paint. Of the many characters represented in the scene, the "Stump Speaker" appears to be the most influential; swaying the watching crowd in his favor by bending to the people's desires. A composition of much symbolism, the oil on canvas painting was produced in 1853-54. Afterwards, many accurate engravings were produced on a smaller and more accessible scale.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. No significant wear to paper, with no tears or staining. Title labeled neatly at bottom. The print has been framed according to conservation standards.

Framed dimensions: 29.5” H x 35” W x 1.5” D.




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