About the Artist
George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) was a Missouri artist, a painter of everyday life west of the Mississippi.
In 1851, he used his experience as a Missouri politician to make a painting he called The County Election.
A Series of Drawings
Telling the Story
Before he began this painting, Bingham sketched several models in various poses. Some of these drawings can be seen in the movie to your right.
After Bingham completed the series of drawings, he transferred the figures on the canvas, grouping them to tell the story of the election.
Creating the Painting
After he had all the drawings in place, Bingham painted each figure and filled in the other details of the scene.