|William Smith Jewett (American artist, 1812–1873) The Promised Land The Grayson Family|
|George Caleb Bingham Fur Traders Going down the Missouri|
In my never ending quest for discovering the actual people and clothing of the 19th Century I ran across some wonderful sites created by people that show and tell more than I ever could.
One of these is Barbara as she calls herself, obviously a woman who has spent untold hours pursuing the truth about American History through paintings.
Here is her modest Biography:
|George Caleb Bingham (American artist, 1811-1879) Raftsmen playing cards|
I can add no more to this other than to say she has gone where most of us would ever take the time. On her blog are several pages of portraits and reflections of what life was truly like for the people who came to this country, what they looked like what they wore and how they lived.
I have found some other blogs of hers that show even more wonderful images, it's easy to get lost in her research. Most of the paintings are clearly marked as to painter and the date the painting was made.
Some of them are after our particular area of study, pre 1840, but there are enough of them to warrant a good going through of all the material, keeping in mind that many paintings didn't hit the canvas until many years after the first impressions were taken in notebooks and recreated after the fact.
|George Caleb Bingham (American artist, 1811-1879) The Jolly Floatmen|
In case you missed the link above, to see more of Barbaras Blog, click here
To quote Barbara:
|Thompkins H Matteson (1813-1884) The Christmas Day Turkey Shoot 1857|
History reflects not just the prejudices of the period under study, but also the biases of those studying it. Since each person focusing on a historical period brings a different perspective & goal to the task, historians often interpret the same period of the past in vastly different ways.