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
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.

Telling the Story
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.

See if you can match the people in Bingham's
drawings to those in the final work of art.
Click on the Left Painting to Open the Poster (PDF)
Click on the Right Painting to Play the Game
Educational materials made
possible by the generosity of