Artist George Caleb Bingham, American, 1811-1879
  • The Checker Players
Date 1850
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 25 × 30 inches (63.5 × 76.2 cm)
Framed: 30 1/2 × 35 9/16 × 2 3/4 inches (77.5 × 90.3 × 7 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Dexter M. Ferry, Jr.
Accession Number 52.27
Department American Art before 1950
On View American W273, Level 2 (see map)
by 1864, N.J. Eaton (St. Louis, Missouri, USA).
John J. Herrick (Tarrytown, New York, USA);
George T. Herrick (Tarrytown, New York, USA).
John B. Ingham (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA).
1952, The Old Print Shop (New York, New York, USA).
1952-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
“Committee of Management Minutes, February 20, 1851: Register of Works of Art.” The American Art-Union, New York. Mss. no. 2711. [listed as Chequer Players]

Letter from Bingham to James S. Rollins. March 30, 1851. The State Historical Society of Missouri. Columbia, MO.

“The Chronicle: Art and Artists in America.” Bulletin of the American Art-Union (December 1, 1851): p. 151.

Fourth Annual Fair of the St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association. Exh. cat., The State Fair Grounds. St. Louis, 1859, no. 34. [as Game of Draughts]

Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair. Exh. cat., The State Fair Grounds. St. Louis, 1864, no. 192. [as Chequer Players, collection of N.J. Eaton, St. Louis]

Rusk, Fern Helen. George Caleb Bingham, The Missouri Artist. Jefferson City, MO, 1917, pp. 54, 122.

Christ-Janer, Albert. George Caleb Bingham: The Story of an Artist. New York, 1940, p. 54.

Richardson, Edgar P. “The Checker Players by George Caleb Bingham.” Art Quarterly 15 (Autumn 1952): pp. 251-256.

Rediscoveries in American Painting. Exh. cat., Cincinnati Art Museum. Cincinnati, 1955, no. 2.

McDermott, John Francis. George Caleb Bingham, River Portraitist. Norman, 1959, p. 79 (pl. 31).

George Caleb Bingham Sesquicentennial Exhibition. Exh. cat., Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum. Kansas City, 1961, no. 12.

Taggart, Ross E. “George Caleb Bingham Sesquicentennial Exhibition.” Nelson Gallery and Atkins Museum Bulletin 3, 3 (1961): p. 12.

Bloch, E. Maurice. George Caleb Bingham: A Catalogue Raisonné. Los Angeles, 1967, no. 193.

_______________. George Caleb Bingham: The Evolution of an Artist. Los Angeles, 1967, pp. 116-117 (pl. 33).

George Caleb Bingham 1811-1870. Exh. cat., The National Collection of Fine Arts. Washington D.C., 1968, pp. 46-47, no. 16.

Constant, Alberta Wilson. Paintbox on the Frontier: The Life and Times of George Caleb Bingham. New York, 1974, pp. 103-104.

Christ-Janer, Albert. George Caleb Bingham. New York, 1975 (pl. 167).

Chefs-d’Oeuvre de Museés des Etats Unis de Giorgione à Picasso. Exh. cat., la Museé Marmottan. Paris, 1976 (pl. 33).

Exhibition of Pictures from Museums of the United States of America. Exh. cat., The Hermitage. Leningrad, 1976, p. 11.

Bloch, E. Maurice. The Paintings of George Caleb Bingham: A Catalogue Raisonné. Columbia, MO, 1986, p. 189.

Tyler, Ron, et al. American Frontier Life: Early Western Paintings and Prints. Exh. cat., The Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cody, WY, 1987, p. 42 (pl. 24).

Shapiro, Michael Edward. George Caleb Bingham. Exh. cat., St. Louis Art Museum. St. Louis, 1990 (pl. 31).