1817] · [Washington, D.C.
Commissioning one of America's most famous and recognizable paintings. "Resolved ... that the president of the United States be, and he is hereby authorized to employ John Trumbull, of Connecticut, to compose and execute a painting commemorative of the Declaration of Independence; to be placed, when finished, in the Capitol." Government document: Senate document; 14th Congress, 2nd session, no. 47.
Shaw & Shoemaker 51636. Removed from a nonce volume and irregular along left margin. Foxing and age-toning. Early 19th-century stamp of the War Department library. (Inventory #: 13444)