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Signers of the Declaration
Historic Places Commemorating the
Signing of the Declaration of Independence

John Trumbull's "The Declaration of Independence" hangs in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Depicting the drafting committee presenting the document to the Continental Congress, the painting commemorates the signers. (Oil (1817) by John Trumbull, after his earlier painting of the same name (1786-95). Color separations courtesy United States Capitol Historical Society and Eastern National Park and Monument Association. Of the 48 individuals in the painting, 44 are signers. The likenesses were the basis for many later portraits by other artists.)

Last Updated: 04-Jul-2004