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Papers from John Trumbull's paint box, 1794-[ca. 1830]

Trumbull, John, 1756-1843

Muralist, Painter, Miniature painter


Collection Information

Size: 12 Items, (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Papers from John Trumbull's paint box including an oval paper pattern for minatures inscribed "size for maile portraits sight measure 1794" (approximately 3 7/8 x 3 inches); a test of the pigment Terra de Cassol (cassel earth); a printed form letter to members of Congress, April 15, 1822, asking them to seek out portraits of those present at the resignation of General Washington; a handwritten invitation to tea from Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins; specifications and estimate from PB Lamont, New York, August 12, 1821, "for painting of the New York institution outside only"; fragments of 3 circulars issued by Trumbull soliciting subscriptions for engravings of his history paintings; 2 miscellaneous clippings; and a blank bank discount and deposit slip.

Biographical/Historical Note

Painter; New Haven, Connecticut. Born in Lebanon, Ct. Studied under Benjamin West in London. Painted historic portraits and paintings.


Deposited 1984 by the National Portrait Gallery.

Language Note

English .

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

35mm microfilm reel 3589 available for use at Archives of American Art offices and through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Papers from John Trumbull's paint box, 1794-[ca. 1830]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.