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The Cover
October 13, 1999

Stump Speaking

JAMA. 1999;282(14):1311. doi:10.1001/jama.282.14.1311

Between 1852 and 1855, the American genre painter George Caleb Bingham (1811-1879) completed three paintings on the subject of American politics. Of similar format and size, palette and composition, their unity is enhanced by the appearance of many of the same figures, the same general locale, related activities, and a time lapse of a few months. Known collectively as "The Election Series," the work is a triptych of the religion of American politics as it was practiced in the 19th century. The triptych shows the public listening to campaign speeches, casting individual ballots, and gathering to hear the results. In logical order, though not in the order in which they were painted, the individual works are titled Stump Speaking (or The Country Canvass) (1853-1854) (cover ), The County Election (1852) (top ), and The Verdict of the People (1854-1855) (bottom ). The County Election and The Verdict of the People are discussed in the November 4, 1998, and November 25, 1998, issues of THE JOURNAL, respectively.

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