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Yale and the Revolution: group portrait

Happy Independence Day! Besides educating four of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Yale is the caretaker of the best known visual image of the document’s presentation: John Trumbull’s original painting titled The Declaration of Independence. Trumbull began the painting in 1786, but didn’t consider it complete until 1820, when he added the last of the delegates for whom he was able to find a reasonable likeness.

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