Declaration of Independence
Oil on Canvas. Enlarged portion of original painting - Depicts the presentation of the draft of the Declaration to Congress. The painting is often called the Signing of the Declaration of Independence but only shows the presentation of the draft.
Date: 1817 (placed in the Rotunda in 1826)
Dimensions: 12’ x 8’
Location: Rotunda of the US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA
Notes: John Trumbull (1756–1843) was born in Connecticut. He was the son of the governor of Connecticut. He studied painting with Benjamin West in London and is known for his paintings recounting significant events in US history. After graduating from Harvard University, he served in the Continental Army under General Washington.