The Art Collection consists of over 12,000 works of art in a variety of media ranging from paintings and drawings to editorial cartoons and lithographs. The collection focuses on images of Missouri, works by Missouri artists, and works related to Westward expansion. Of particular importance are over fifty paintings, drawings, and prints by George Caleb Bingham, including his large Civil War picture, General Order No. 11 (ca. 1869/70) and his river painting, Watching the Cargo (1849). Also important is the collection of over 300 Thomas Hart Bentons, including ten large World War II paintings (1942 -1943) and over 200 original drawings designed to illustrate the writings of Mark Twain (ca. 1938-1946). Aside from Bingham and Benton, John James Audubon, Karl Bodmer, Frank Nuderscher and Fred Shane are also well represented.
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