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'Medals of Independence' exhibit

Friday, February 23

More dates through July 7, 2024

John M. Olin Library, Level 1, Declaration of Independence Chamber

One of the most iconic images in the American memory is John Trumbull’s Declaration of Independence. The painting was commissioned by Congress in 1817 and today resides in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, along with other large-scale works depicting American historical events.

Trumbull depicted forty-two of the fifty-six signers, in addition to several others who participated in the debate but did not sign. Trumbull’s scene illustrates not the signing, but the presentation of the proposed Declaration by the “Committee of Five” (John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin) to John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress.

Event Type

Exhibits

Topic

Humanities & Society

Website

https://library.wustl.edu/exhibitions...

Department
University Libraries
Event Contact

Len Augsburger | leonard.augsburger@wustl.edu

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