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Enthralled by 19th century American portraits, Fine Art Investigations works to increase appreciation of their artistic, historic and monetary value. That work has included locating more than 70 formerly “lost” paintings by George Caleb Bingham, compiling thousands of images chronologically and by artist in order to accurately date portraits and identify portrait artists. With detailed documentation, we have identified, the artists of over 100 paintings and verified with other experts. We advise on best conservation practices, best conservators. We have sold, portraits and lithographs to museums and private collectors.

At a time when numbers and fragments of information replace people, how refreshing it is to look at a portrait. To view how the artist revealed the person’s character with simple honest clarity or lovely abundance. Fine Art Investigations delights in telling the individual stories behind the portrait, both front and back.

  • The front, or recto side - the likeness of the portrait sitter
  • The back, or verso - the painting’s support system, usually slaves

Click on the rotating images to the right to read a few of Fine Art Investigations’ portrait stories, recto and verso. (You'll find many more on our Blog.)

John Neagle

Dorothy Sulger Kelly
ca. 1826

George Caleb Bingham

Shubael Allen
ca. 1835

George Caleb Bingham

Dinah Allen
ca. 1835

George Caleb Bingham

The Dunnicas
ca. 1837

George Caleb Bingham

The Dunnicas
ca. 1837

George Caleb Bingham

Mary Elizabeth Hickman Rollins
ca. 1872

William Edward West

Lewis Penn Witherspoon Balch
ca. 1840


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