AHG Merit Badge – Dawn of Our Country #21

Are you familiar with the artist John Trumbull?  He was one of several artist during the Revolutionary War.  Growing up in a political family, Trumbull knew many of our country’s founding fathers and witnessed the Battle of Bunker Hill.

Despite being blind in one eye, Trumbull went on to paint over 250 pieces of art.  Due to the high quality and historical accuracy of his work, he was commissioned in 1817 to recreate 4 of his smaller paintings that now hang in the Capital Rotunda in Washington DC. 

He is most noted for his painting “Declaration of Independence”.  Which was used to create the image on the back of the two-dollar bill and several postage stamps.

To learn more about John Trumbull visit the Capitol’s website (here).

NOTE: The requirements have been simplified here. Please be sure to read the full text in the American Heritage Girl Handbook to make sure you fully understand the requirements.

 

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