George Caleb Bingham, The County Election

The County Election by Missouri’s best-known artist, George Caleb Bingham, is one of a series of three paintings donated by Bank of America that are all valuable records of American history. Today, 170 years after the painting was created, we as a nation continue to grapple with the questions it raises about the fundamental tenets of democracy and the artist’s fervent belief that the people, with all their failings, should be the ones to decide critical issues. Learn more about this masterpiece with Min Jung Kim, Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Cite this page as: Bank of America, "George Caleb Bingham, The County Election," in Smarthistory, October 17, 2022, accessed December 1, 2022,