(b. 1756, Lebanon, CT, d. 1843, New York)

Declaration of Independence

Oil on canvas, 366 x 549 cm
United States Capitol, Washington

This painting in the United States Capitol Rotunda depicts the presentation of the draft of the Declaration of Independence to Congress. It was based on a much smaller version of the same scene, presently held by the Yale University Art Gallery. Trumbull painted many of the figures in the picture from life and visited Independence Hall as well to depict the chamber where the Second Continental Congress met. The oil-on-canvas work was commissioned in 1817, purchased in 1819, and placed in the rotunda in 1826.