American Revolution artist John Trumbull (1756 – 1843) immortalized the nation’s forefathers, rather than the event itself, when he created “The Declaration of Independence.” Initially a Revolutionary War soldier, Trumbull provided General Washington with maps of enemy positions. The 250 beautiful miniatures and small portraits he later painted were his homage to the American Revolution’s noteworthy events.
Famous American Revolutionary War painter and son of a Connecticut governor, John Trumbull (1756 – 1843) completed 250 works during his lifetime despite the loss of one eye due to a childhood accident. His most famous work, “The Declaration of Independence,” appears on the back of the two dollar bill. Trumbull’s tenure as President of the American Academy of Fine Arts led to a student rebellion which resulted in the founding of The National Academy of Design. Trumbull’s paintings can be seen in the US Congress and many prestigious museums and universities in the US.