Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 39
"When your Lordships look at the papers transmitted us from America; when you consider their decency, firmness and wisdom, you cannot but respect their cause, and wish to make it your own . . ."--From Lord Chatham's Speech, Jan. 20, 1775, in the House of Lords. This painting contains none but actual portraits, of men in that Congress which declared the United States independent of Great Britain; the men whose wisdom, firmness and sagacity, Lord Chatham was the first Englishman to discover, and to proclaim in the British Parliament, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence. . . . The painting represents the speaker, John Hancock, in the chair. The committee of five have come to the table, and are presenting their draft of the Declaration of Independence. They were Doct. Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Robert R. Livingston, Roger Sherman, and John Adams. Charles Thompson, Secretary of Congress, is standing to receive the report. By reference to the key, which hangs below the picture, the names of all the portraits can be ascertained. The room is copied from that in which Congress held their sessions at the time. [P. 25-26; ellipses represent the quote from Lord Chatham's speech.]
Catalogue of Paintings, now exhibiting in Wadsworth Gallery, Hartford. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1863.
History--United States--Declaration of Independence