The Dunhams in 1898
18 x 24
Oil on stretched canvas
From a black and white photograph of the Bunn Family in 1898 in the parlor of their home at 223 West Pine Street, Warrensburg, Missouri. The photograph was taken in the latter part of the year, dated from the sheet music on the piano entitled, "My Sweetheart Went Down With The Maine," about the sinking of the Maine in Havana February 1898. My grandfather Dick Dunham was 27 and my grandmother was 26. They had been married two years. She may have been pregnant with the first child, my uncle Bunn A. Dunham, who was born June 1899.
More information for the painting came from Katherine Bunn McCauley, daughter of Tom Bunn, who lived in this house as a child, and wrote a description of it in a memoir: "I remember a two-story red brick house on a quiet residential street in a small Missouri town. There were an entrance hall, a parlor, a sitting room and a summer and winter kitchen on the ground floor. In the front entrance hall, to the left of the door, stood an ornate umbrella stand, and from the ceiling there hung a brass ship's lamp. On the parlor floor there was a red and green velvet carpet; on the walls bloomed cabbage-rose wall paper; and suspended from the ceiling was a crystal chandelier whose prisms captured the errant sunbeams stealing through the shutters and turned them into rainbows. A marble-top table held the family Bible and a card tray."
In my painting I included my grandfather and grandmother, the chandelier, the two floral vases, the marble top table from the front hall, and the piano. In my own house I still have the marble top table, the two vases, and the chair shown in the left of the photograph. I think the hat belongs to John Larrimore, Kate's husband.