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US Capitol - Declaration of Independence

The first painting to be completed by Trumbull shows the Signing of the Declaration of Independence in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia, on July 4, 1776. The painting features the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence--John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson presenting the document, and Benjamin Franklin--standing before John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress. The painting includes portraits of 42 of the 56 signers and 5 other patriots. The artist sketched the individuals and the room from life.

John Trumbull (1756–1843) was born in Connecticut, the son of the governor. After graduating from Harvard University, he served in the Continental Army under General Washington. He studied painting with Benjamin West in London and focused on history painting.

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I think the ornament below is the perfect way to celebrate Christmas (birth of Christ) and at the same time remember our Independence...

Posted by 4th of July Christmas (guest) on Thu 01 Jul 2010 12:33:08 PM EDT

Size of painting

This painting is 12 FEET tall by 18 FEET wide; i.e., it is absolutely massive.
And Priceless.

Posted by JT (guest) on Thu 15 Apr 2010 11:14:18 AM EDT

how big is this painting

This is a random question but how lbig is this painting. I have seen this the Signing of the Declaration of Independence painting many times before but never knew how large it was.

Posted by ESP (guest) on Tue 13 Apr 2010 09:38:10 AM EDT

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