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The Banjo Player, from a special exhibit at the Fenimore Cooper Art Museum, Cooperstown NY

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Comment by Chris Prieto on September 18, 2019 at 7:11am

Nice! I'd love to see any of his paintings in person.

Comment by Rob Morrison on September 18, 2019 at 10:48am
That guy's been hanging on my wall for many years. I always wondered where he hung out in real life.
Comment by D. Wooldridge on September 21, 2019 at 11:44am

Paul, you probs know this but that bajo playing dude has been identified as  George Freeman- a man "bound out" to Mount’s brother's father-in-law, John Brewster where William Mount visited and convinced Brewster to let the musician sit for this painting!

Comment by Paul Draper on September 21, 2019 at 6:38pm

Thanks Dave - yes it was mentioned in the description. The exhibit was quite good - called “Perfect Harmony: the musical art & life of WSM”. some other pieces on display were the Bone Player, Fiddler, Dance of the Haymakers, power of music...

Comment by Rob Morrison on September 23, 2019 at 11:19am

Paul--regarding the banjo in the painting,an old friend of mine was in an antique store recently and spied a previously undiscovered Boucher banjo with wall-mounted brackets very similar to the one in the portrait.  His plan is to first make an exact replica and to then fully restore the banjo.  Because he does not wish to be inundated with publicity, he has asked for complete anonymity until he has completed his work.  This is something to look forward to. I can't wait to see the finished projects.--Rob

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