Declaration of Independence.--July 4, 1776, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 9
To preserve the resemblance of the men who were the authors of this memorable act, was an essential object of this painting. . . . Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson were consulted, . . . And they particularly recommended, that wherever it was possible, the artist should obtain his portrait from the living person; that where any one was dead, he should be careful to copy the finest portrait that could be obtained; . . . The artist was governed by this advice, . . . Mr. Adams was painted in London; Mr. Jefferson in Paris; Mr. Hancock and Samuel Adams in Boston; Mr. Edward Rutledge in Charleston, South Carolina; Mr. Wythe at Williamsburgh [sic], in Virginia; Mr. Bartlett at Exeter, in New Hampshire, &c. &c. &c. . . . The dresses are faithfully copied from the costume of the time, . . . The room is copied from that in which congress held their sessions at the time, . . . The artist also took the liberty of embellishing the back-ground, by suspending upon the wall, military flags and trophies; . . . In fact, nothing has been neglected by the artist, that was in his power, to render this a faithful memorial of the great event. [Pp. 15-16; excerpted from a detailed description of the work.]
Catalogue of Paintings of Colonel Trumbull, including eight subjects of the American Revolution, with near two hundred and fifty Portraits of persons distinguished in that important period painted by him from the Life, now exhibiting in the Gallery of Yale College, New-Haven. New-Haven: Printed by J. Peck, 1835.
History--United States--Declaration of Independence