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John Trumbull

1756-1843 America/Neoclassicism

 

Brief Biography-John Trumbull was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1756. He studied at Harvard University, and afterwards, he had an exemplary career as adjutant to General George Washington and General Horatio Gates during the War of Independence. In 1780 he studied under Benjamin West in London. Unfortunately, the authorities arrested and incarcerated him for seven months as a suspect spy during his stay. He spent time in America and Paris on his release before returning to London, where he painted the Battle of Bunker's Hill. Later in Washington, he was commissioned to paint historical works for Capitol Hill. Finally, he settled in New York and became President of the Academy of Arts for twenty years and died in 1843. His Declaration of Independence painting went on the reverse of the two-dollar bill. Trumbull also painted several notaries of the War of Independence.

 

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Declaration of
Independence

Declaration of Independence

Death of General
Mercer

Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton

Resigning his
Commission

General George Washington Resigning his Commission

Surrender of
General Burgoyne

Surrender of General Burgoyne

Surrender of Lord
Cornwallis

Surrender of Lord Cornwallis

Patrick
Tracy

Patrick Tracy

Battle of
Cannae

Death of Paulus Aemilius at the Battle of Cannae

Alexander
Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton

George
Washington

General George Washington at Trenton

Norwich
Falls

Norwich Falls

Portrait of George
Washington

Portrait of George Washington

Death of
Montgomery

Death of Montgomery

The Sortie Made
by the Garrison

The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar

Samuel
Hopkins

Samuel Miles Hopkins

The Death of
General Warren

The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker Hill

Self-
portrait

Self-portrait

Captain Samuel
Blodget

Captain Samuel Blodget in Rifle Dress

The Failure of
the English Garrison

The Failure of the English Garrison of Gibraltar

Philip
Church

Philip Church

Surrender of
Cornwallis

Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown