12” x 14”
George Caleb Bingham
George Bingham was born in 1819 in Virginia, his father died when he was 12 and the family moved to a farm and the children worked the land like adults. His mother was hard on the children and George often ran away from home and studied the life on the Missouri River. At 16 he became an apprentice to a cabinet maker where he excelled and sign painting. In his river paintings, we only see male figures, never working, engaged in leisure activities with out the presence of any females.
The original title for this painting was French Trader, Half-Bred Son. The American Art Union changes the title when first displayed. It reflected the reality of fur traders' common marriages with Native American women