John Trumbull

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John Trumbull
Self-portrait, c. 1802
Born(1756-06-06)June 6, 1756
DiedNovember 10, 1843(1843-11-10) (aged 87)
Educationwith Benjamin West
Known forPainting
Notable workDeclaration of Independence (painted 1817–1819)

John Trumbull (/ˈtrʌmbəl/; June 6, 1756 – November 10, 1843) was an American artist during the American Revolutionary War. He created many historical paintings. He has been called The Painter of the Revolution.[1]

Trumbull's Declaration of Independence (1817), one of his four paintings which hang in the United States Capitol Rotunda, was used on the reverse the two-dollar bill.

Early life[change | change source]

Trumbull was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1756. His father was Jonathan Trumbull, and his mother was Faith (née Robinson) Trumbull. His father was the Governor of Connecticut from 1769 to 1784.

The young Trumbull entered the 1771 junior class at Harvard College at age fifteen. He graduated in 1773. Due to a childhood accident, Trumbull lost use of one eye. This may have influenced his detailed painting style.[2]

Revolutionary War[change | change source]

As a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, Trumbull drew plans of the British and American lines and works.[3]

Gallery[change | change source]

Historic events[change | change source]

Portraits[change | change source]

Miniature portraits/sketches[change | change source]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Johnston, Elizabeth Bryant (1882). "John Trumbull". Original Portraits of Washington, including Statues, Monuments and Medals. p. 66. OCLC 3303313.
  2. "Gentleman John Trumbull". Time Magazine. 1956-10-29. Archived from the original on 2013-08-24. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  3. Sketch of British and American Lines and Fortifications in Boston Area by John Trumbull Archived 2019-07-31 at the Wayback Machine, 1775.

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