The Springfield Art Museum is asking our community to help us raise $10,000 to complete the purchase of George Caleb Bingham's portrait of L.A.D. Crenshaw.
L.A.D. Crenshaw and his wife, Fanny, were early residents of Greene County and personal friends of Bingham. The famed artist traveled to Springfield in 1869 to paint their portraits. The portrait of Fanny was donated to the Museum in 1990, but the portrait of L.A.D. remained with the Crenshaw family. The Museum has the opportunity to acquire L.A.D. and reunite the couple. These paintings are not only important works of art, painted by an important American artist; they are also a part of our community's history. L.A.D. Crenshaw came to Greene County with little but became one of the area’s most prominent residents. Fanny was a lover and supporter of the arts and painted china and watercolors. Both Fanny and L.A.D. are buried in Maple Park Cemetery in Springfield.
You can be a part of this important acquisition by making a gift today. Help us bring this important historic portrait back to Springfield!
Learn more about George Caleb Bingham here:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/33.61
St. Louis Art Museum: http://www.slam.org/highlights/works/12.html
George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonné Supplement of Paintings & Drawings: http://www.georgecalebbingham.org/index.htm
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