Stump Speaking

Stump Speaking
Inventory
Collection Number: 
17168
Building: 
Floor: 
3rd
Object Description
Artist Dates: 
1811-1879
Artist Nationality: 
American
Object Type: 
Details: 
This is a color reproduction print of a painting by George Caleb Bingham titled "Stump Speaking".
Framed: 
Yes
 - Glass
Length: 
33 1/2 inches
Width: 
1 inch
Height: 
28 1/4 inches
Description: 

Depicted here are men of a rural town gathered around to hear a campaigning politicians speak. In this iteration of the work, the speaking politician's figure transcends the crowd, further sticking out amongst the working men with his white suit coat and hair. He is in the process of responding to an inquiry from a gentleman before him in the crowd leaning on a cane with tattered clothing. The painting was part of Bingham’s Election Series, which depicted the still-evolving democratic political cycle in the United States in the mid-19th century. Bingham wrote of the piece, “In my orator I have endeavored to personify a wiry politician, grown gray in the pursuit of office and the service of the party. His influence upon the crowd is quite manifest, but I have placed behind him a shrewd clear-headed opponent, who is busy taking notes, and who will, when his turn comes, make sophisms fly like cobwebs before the housekeeper’s broom.” The crowd surrounding them is comprised of men who differ in age, socio-economic background and degrees of interest, but Bingham unites them as a populous that falls under their potential representative. Cognizant of the distracted dynamic of competition between politicians, Bingham clarifies each face in the crowd to represent the vote associated with each man, and the resulting power of those votes.

Reproduce the Work in Library publications/publicity, including film or videotape: 
Yes
Make slides or videotapes for educational use: 
Yes
Permit the general public to photograph the work : 
Yes