Did you know that John Trumbull was born today in 1756? He was an artist and painted more than 250 portraits, miniatures, and paintings that portrayed historical events such as the American Revolution. His portrait of Alexander Hamilton is the source for the image of Hamilton on the $10 bill. His painting “Declaration of Independence” was the inspiration for the image on the back of the $2 bill; the painting was purchased by Congress and is one of 4 of Trumbull’s paintings displayed in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.
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John Trumbull is known as “The Painter of the Revolution”
In 1965 His birthplace in Lebanon, Connecticut was designated a National Historical Landmark.
Yale University has one of the largest collections of John Trumbull’s work. He sold 28 paintings and 60 miniature portraits to the University for an annuity of $1000. The collection was initially displayed in an art gallery designed by Trumbull. Trumbull and is wife were initially buried beneath the art gallery. In 1867 his collection was moved toe Street Hall and he was reinterred there along with his wife’s remains. The Trumbull Gallery was razed.
“Declaration of Independence” is 12 feet by 18 feet.
During the American Revolutionary War, John Trumbull served as a soldier. When he was in Boston, he helped by sketching pictures of British fortifications. He was second personal aide to General George Washington and deputy adjutant-general to General Horatio Gates.
In 1780, while he was studying with Benjamin West, the hanging of a British officer accused of being a spy caused great unrest in England. John Trumbull was arrested and imprisoned for seven months.
After the war in 1794, John Trumbull acted as secretary for John Jay.