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John Trumbull
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Artist
    (June 6, 1756-November 10, 1843)
    Born in Lebanon, Connecticut
    Served during the American Revolution as an aide to Generals George Washington (1775-76) and Horatio Gates (1776-77)
    Known for his historical paintings, including 'The Death of General Warren at Bunker Hill,' 'The Declaration of Independence,' 'George Washington Before the Battle of Trenton,' 'The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga,' 'The Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown' and 'Washington Resigning His Commission'
    He resigned his commission as a colonel in the Continental Army in a dispute over his seniority (1777).
    When he was president of the American Academy of the Fine Arts (1816-25), his repeated clashes with the students prompted many of them to bolt and create the rival National Academy of Design.
    Although his painting 'The Declaration of Independence' is a standard textbook illustration, it is not historically accurate. (Most notably, the 42 men depicted were never all together in the same room at the same time.)
    He lost most of the vision in one eye as a child in a fall down a flight of stairs.
    During the Continental Army's seige of Boston, he snaked through high grass to sketch British defenses.
    Life-size versions of four of his paintings -- 'The Declaration of Independence,' The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga,' 'The Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown' and 'Washington Resigning His Commission' -- were commissioned for the rotunda of the US Capitol (1817).
    One of his portraits of Alexander Hamilton was used for the $10 bill and his 'Declaration of Independence' was used as the reverse of the $2 bill.

Credit: C. Fishel


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