• George Caleb Bingham, Fur Traders Descending the Missouri, 1845. Oil on canvas, 73.7 × 92.7 cm.

Fur Traders Descending the Missouri

From Canoes: A Natural History in North America by Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims

  • The fur trade extended farther south into the United States as the decades rolled by and game became harder to come by in the northern climates. At the time of this painting, Bingham was living in St. Louis, which had become a trading center in America. He originally titled it French Trader, Half-Breed Son (which recognized the fact that trappers married native women) but the title was thought controversial and it was renamed when it was first exhibited.
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