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John Trumbull (artist)

Nationality
American
Birth/Death
1756–1843

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John Trumbull is recognized as the most celebrated painter of American history. Born into a prominent Connecticut family, he volunteered for the Continental Army, serving briefly as aide-de-camp to George Washington. After the war he studied painting in London under the American expatriate Benjamin West. Inspired by the European tradition of history painting and encouraged by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Trumbull conceived an ambitious cycle of twelve monumental paintings, each depicting a significant moment in the American Revolution and the founding of the republic. These paintings, some of which hang in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, have entered the collective American consciousness and become the way we imagine our beginnings as a nation.

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John Trumbull (; June 6, 1756 – November 10, 1843) was an American artist during the period of the American Revolutionary War and was notable for his historical paintings. He has been called The Painter of the Revolution.Trumbull's Declaration of Independence (1817), one of his four paintings which hang in the United States Capitol Rotunda, was used on the reverse of the commemorative bicentennial two-dollar bill.