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The Balladeers

 The Balladeers
Oil on linen
18” x 30”

In 1848, William Esperanza Boucher Jr. began manufacturing banjos in his Baltimore factory.  They were popular with the minstrel era musicians, and later, many soldiers in the Civil War carried a Boucher banjo.

In this scene, two frontiersmen playing Boucher banjos, offer a ballad bringing the warmth of music and a small respite from the rigors of life in the early years of plains settlement.


“Boucher” is pronounced “boo – shey”