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The County Election (61.151)

Steel engraving with ink on paper titled "The County Election." Engraving made by John Sartain after a painting by George Caleb Bingham.

On the left a standing man is pouring from a pitcher into a glass held by a man seated and sprawling at a table. Beside the table is a covered basket and a large wooden keg. In the center foreground are two boys seated on the ground playing with a knife. In the right foreground is an old man seated on a wooden plank bench and slumped forward. He has a bandage tied around his forehead and his hat has fallen to the ground.

In the center are many standing male figures. Some ascend a few wooden stairs to a portico supported by two square columns where two men are engaged in giving and taking an oath on a bible. A banner on a staff that reads, "The will of the People The Supreme Law," leans against the left column. The male figures are engaged in various modes of discourse and interaction. A standing dog is situated in the midst of this action. Most of the figures are wearing jackets and hats. A tree extends form the side of the portico into the center of the picture. On the left is seen part of a wooden building.

The background features a fairly wide street lined with buildings. A rider on horseback is silhouetted against one of the buildings. Many more figures are seen on the street and grouped around the buildings. Several tall trees are seen against a clouded sky. A placard on a pole reads "Union Hotel".

Signatures/Marks PAINTED BY G.C. BINGHAM/ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN THE YEAR 1854 BY G.C. BINGHAM, IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. ENGRAVED BY JOHN SARTAIN.

c. 1854
Paper
29.0 x 35.8in
61.151
Image and text: DAR Museum, 2024

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