A Bingham or a Hughes?

Descendants of Mrs. David Andrews, Sr. (Margaret Baird) and her daughter Florence [Florie] (Mrs. John Taddeus Heard) wondered if George Caleb Bingham was the artist of their heirloom portrait. The descendants knew the portrait was painted in Boonville, Missouri, and they knew the sitters’ birth dates. The mother, Margaret Baird (Mrs. David Andrews), was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1817. …

Man in a Blue Vest

In the “Style of George Caleb Bingham” was the description of a portrait sold at auction several years ago. The winner bidder asked Fine Art Investigations if George Caleb Bingham created Man in a Blue Vest? Bingham? No. Not only did the technique differ, the painting had an entirely different sensibility. The dark-haired subject’s open collar, his dressing gown worn …

Restoration vs. Conservation

“There are two ways for a painting to perish, the one is for it to be restored, the other is for it not to be restored.”—Étienne Gilson“Restoration is a necessary evil.”—Max Friedländer Restoration vs. Conservation is a frequent topic in conversations with clients about their heirloom portraits. This article by George Bisacca,Conservator Emeritus at The Metropolitan Museum of Art brilliantly explains the …