John Trumbull's 1818 painting The Declaration of Independence is a startlingly evocative document of the drafting of the American Declaration of Independence, an event that had occurred some four decades previously. Trumbull, himself a fighter in Washington's Continental Army, rendered with remarkable elegance this reproduction of the likenesses of the founding fathers discussing the terms of the seminal proclamation of intent. Yet, to many this immediately recognizable image is a vision of the signing of the declaration when in fact it captures the moment when the first draft of the paper was handed to the Second Continental Congress, stating in detail the reasons why the Revolutionary War should continue to be fought. For Trumbull, himself a volunteer in the battle, this statement of intent was as powerful and poignant as the signing of the Declaration itself which occurred a week later on July 4th 1776. Indeed, the artist's intimate connection to the figure of Jefferson lends a distinctly personal connection to this emblematic and historic painting. Jefferson, responsible for drafting the original declaration itself also hinted to Trumbull that the scene be staged in paint. Beginning the work in Jefferson's house in Paris, Trumbull began his vision of the scene through in-depth discussions and descriptions from Jefferson himself. The seminal figure's first-hand account gives a distinct intimacy to the canvas.
Working from Jefferson's own sketch of the assembly hall, Trumbull took his time in forging his imagined reproduction of the scene. Attempting as best he could to depict all of the signatories from life, the artist took over three decades to complete The Declaration of Independence. Both Trumbull and Jefferson agreed on the status of the finished work, acting not as an accurate reproduction of the scene but rather a memorial to the founding fathers, their presence tempered by the reminiscences of Jefferson.
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