Photo Credit: Garth’s Auctioneers and Appraisers. A Democrat, Bishop was born in Fleming County, Kentucky in 1812. His "on the job" training in the business world (as a wholesale grocer) readied him for his election to the post of Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1859. He was active in his attempts to keep the mid-western states and the border states of Kentucky and Tennessee within the Union prior to the outbreak of hostilities in 1861. In 1873 he served as a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention and President of the Great National Commercial Convention held in Baltimore, Md. in 1871. In 1877 he gained the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Ohio, and was elected that fall. He served one term and then retired. Bishop died in Jacksonville, Florida in 1893.
Mathews was born in Bristol, England on May 7, 1821. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1833 (some sources say the year was 1888). He was a student of Charles Soule at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Mathews lived in Canton and in New Philadelphia for various parts of his life until relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1889. His Washington portraits include those of Bryant, Garfield, McKinley, Lincoln and Webster. He also painted Governor Allen of Ohio. He died in Washington in 1905.