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Record: PORTRAIT OF COLIN DUNLOP AND HIS DOG



              
 
               
PORTRAIT OF COLIN DUNLOP AND HIS DOG, CRS #11

Copyright 2010, 2011, George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement #11
Fred R. Kline, M.A., Editor & Director, Independent Art Historian
Kline Art Research Associates
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Artist:
GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM, American, 1811-1879  
 
Title:

 

 

PORTRAIT OF COLIN DUNLOP AND HIS DOG

 

Colin Dunlop (b. 1836, Petersburg, VA--d. 1864, Jonesboro, GA)

From an early and well established Virginia family, Colin Dunlop went to Texas as a young man to become a cowboy. During the Civil War he joined the Texas 6th Infantry (allied with the Confederacy) that mustered in Gonzalez, TX.  He was taken captive by Union forces in 1863, later paroled due to illness, then rejoined the Texas 6th and was with them at the Battle of Jonesboro (GA) where he was killed.  Dunlop is in all probability buried in the Confederate cemetery in Jonesboro in one of a thousand unmarked graves.

Young Colin’s charming and protective dog remains unnamed (in spite of a spirited effort by the Virginia Governor’s Mansion Citizen’s Advisory Council).  The mountain in the background is covered in a misty cloud common to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and may be Twin Peaks or Peaks of Otter in Bedford, VA, not far from Petersburg.

 

 

 
Medium:

Oil on canvas

 
       Size:

30 x 25 inches

 

 

 
Date:

1841, painted in Petersburg, VA

 
Provenance:

 

By descent in the family of Colin Dunlop (see also Bingham CRS #15 "Baiting the Hook")

Martha Spotswood, Petersburg, VA: niece of Colin Dunlop (her mother's brother) and descendent of Virginia Colonial Governor Alexander Spotswood.

Estate of Martha Spotswood: 1977 gift to Commonwealth of Virginia, specifically for the Governor's Mansion (Colin Dunlop was mistakenly listed as the artist).

Collection of Virginia Governor's Mansion, Richmond, from 1977 [Note: Bingham's authorship was not known until it was authenticated by FRK and the Bingham Committee in March 2011 and added as a newly discovered painting to the Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement.

 
Exhibitions:

"Portrait of Colin Dunlop and His Dog by George Caleb Bingham". Governor's Mansion, Richmond, VA.  Ongoing from August 2011.

FIRST EXHIBITION: Online exhibition in George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement, #11, "Portrait of Colin Dunlop and His Dog".  Ongoing from March 2011

 Publications

FIRST PUBLICATION: Online publication in George Caleb Bingham Catalogue Raisonne Supplement, #11, "Portrait of Colin Dunlop and His Dog".  Ongoing from March 2011

[Note: The painting was not known to E. Maurice Bloch and was not included in his 1986 Catalogue Raisonne, THE PAINTINGS OF GEORGE CALEB BINGHAM; however Bloch's research provided essential clues in the authentication process.]

  

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