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The Squatters

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Missouri painter George Caleb Bingham specialized in images of life on the western frontier. He was self-taught, acquiring information about technique, composition, anatomy, and pose from engravings, drawings, and casts of antique sculpture he purchased on a trip east in the late 1830s. He...

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Lower left, on log: [G.] C. Bingham./1850.


1851, sold by the artist to American Art Union for $125; 1852, bought by N. P. Hood for $85 at the American Art Union auction [1]. Mrs. George Thomson, Philadelphia, Pa. (who inherited it from her father, a gilder employed by the James S. Earle Galleries of Philadelphia) [2]. By 1937, with Charles D. Childs, Boston, Mass.; 1937, sold by Charles D. Childs to Henry L. Shattuck (1879-1971), Brookline, Mass.; 1971, bequest of Henry L. Shattuck to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1971) [1] See John Francis McDermott, "Another Bingham Found: 'The Squatters'," Art Quarterly, vol. 19, 1956, pp. 68-71. [2] See E. Maurice Bloch, George Caleb Bingham: A Catalogue Raisonne, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1967, p. 75.

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Bequest of Henry Lee Shattuck in memory of the late Ralph W. Gray



58.74 x 71.75 cm (23 1/8 x 28 1/4 in.)

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Oil on canvas