Bingham, George Caleb - Country Politician art print

Brandywine General Store

SKU: 202 country decor

An archival premium Quality art Print of Country Politician by George Caleb Bingham for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist finished this painting in 1849 which was soon after he was elected a United States Congressman for Missouri. The scene depicts American Democracy in action. Seated near a stove a young politician attempts to enlist hte support of an older rural farmer, while a businessman, probably a leading figure in the town, listens to every word. Another man is standing and pretending to read the notices tacked on the wall, but he is surely listening to every word that is being said. All the action is taking place around the old pot bellied stove which was the focal point for talking and gossiping. This setting looks like it might have been in a grain mill or some type of building of that sort. Politicians of this era had to do their campaigning on foot and horseback, small businesses such as this one were favorite places for them to meet and greet their potential voters. General Stores were another favorite stopping place, as news got around that the politician was in the store, most farmers and citizens would rush to the store to buy something so they could hear what was said. Country Decor art print #202

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