Americana, George Caleb Bingham STUMP SPEAKING Engraved by Goupil & Company


Stump Speaking, Chromolithograph bottom left "Engraved by Goupil & Company after a painting by George Caleb Bingham" and bottom right "Reproduced at the Lake Side Press by Donnelley Sheet Fed Gravure, Unframed.
The image is an icon of American art and politics. A group of voters (all men, the only enfranchised citizens at the time) gather beneath an oak tree on a Missouri farm to listen to the candidates present their positions and qualifications. the speaker leans forward for emphasis, while an imposing, opposing candidate sits behind listening and another makes notes on a pad. This latter individual is thought to be Bingham himself, who was involved in politics for a number of years. Though based on actual events witnessed by Bingham, the scene is general and iconography. The mix of ages and social classes thoughtfully considering the candidates is an ideal image of American democracy.
Condition: discoloration to border, light foxing, minor abrasions / light scratches, Fold crease across the middle of the print from right to left. Damage and tearing to border (see photos), vibrant color remains.
I photographed the print outside in direct sunlight. Under normal lighting conditions the fold line is not as noticeable.
Could be matted with acid free backing and a hinged top mat cut to size. With the
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