Record 23: Portrait of Dr. John Alnutt Talbot





Portrait of Dr. John Alnutt Talbot CRS # 23


Copyright©2015 George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement

Fred R. Kline, M.A., Editor & Director, Independent Art Historian

Kline Art Research Associates   7 Ave. Vista Grande, Ste. B7   Santa Fe, NM 87508      505-470-0555





Artist:   George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811-1879


Title:    Portrait of Dr. John Alnutt Talbot

              Born 1805 Erie County, PA; Died 1858 Fayette, MO (Howard County)


Among the earliest physicians in Fayette, MO (settled in Missouri circa 1822) and west of the Mississippi.  Married 1833 to Alice Williams Daly of Fayette (1814-1871), daughter of Prof. Lawrence Daly, first school teacher in Fayette (graduate of Trinity College, Dublin).  Notable among their 11 children: Ethelbert Talbot (1848-1928) Episcopal Bishop (of Wyoming and Idaho, Pennslyvania, and the 15th presiding bishop of the Episcoplal Church). 


A daughter-in-law described him: "Dr. John A. Talbot was a most remarkable man; a commanding personality in whatever sphere he manifested himself.  Possessed of a head leonine in aspect, deep blue eyes, chestnut hair, brilliant complexion, fascinating manner and heart of boundless depth and warmth.  He was a prominent citizen in Fayette and Missouri, as: physician, friend and neighbor, and social power. He devoted his later years to the care of a large estate he had built up in Howard County."


Medium:  Oil on canvas


Size:  30 x 25 inches


Date: ca.1839


Collections:  By descent in the family of Dr. John Alnutt Talbot and Alice Daly Talbot to great-great-grandaughter Sarah Hall.


Exhibitions:  Not exhibited


Publications:  George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement: CRS #23 (2015)


Note: E. Maurice Bloch was not aware of this painting and consequently did not mention or include it in his 1986 Catalogue Raisonne.