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Museum: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Verdict of the People #2
Verdict of the People #2
George Caleb Bingham is one of the major artists of the early American West. Though born in Virginia, he was still a child when his family moved to the Missouri Territory, then considered the frontier. Growing up there without access to eastern art schools, he began his art career as a self-taught portraitist and proved prolific, producing more than 500 portraits. However, his most important paintings were narrative scenes of frontier life like Fur Traders Descending the Missouri. Among the best of these were 3 paintings known as the election series which included The Verdict of the People. As is often the case, Bingham did more than one version, largely so that one could be with the printers for reproduction while another (or others) went on exhibition. The largest Verdict is on display at the St. Louis Museum of Art; this one, as the No. 2 suggests, is a smaller version intended for traveling exhibitions.