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John Trumbull's Revolutionary War Paintings At Wadsworth

John Trumbull's Revolutionary War Paintings At Wadsworth

John Trumbull, a native of Lebanon, Conn., served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, but it was his deeds later in life that immortalized him as an iconic participant in that conflict. His historic paintings of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the battle of Trenton and the attack on Quebec are on exhibit at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, in a show that will run from election month to Independence Day month.

The Declaration of Independence painting is the most famous — once gracing the back of the $2 bill — but it's a bit of a cheat. The scene Trumbull depicted shows something that happened on June 28, not July 4, and includes...

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