Description This image was originally a painting by John Trumbull and was the first painting that Trumbull completed for the Rotunda. It shows the presentation of the Declaration of Independence in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The painting features the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence — John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson (presenting the document), and Benjamin Franklin — standing before John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress.The painting includes portraits of 42 of the 56 signers and 5 other patriots. The artist sketched the individuals and the room from life. This depiction can also be found on the back of the U.S. $2 bill. Commissioned in 1817; purchased in 1819; and placed in the Rotunda in 1826. This image comes from a vintage source as cited in the image. For more information on the U.S. Declaration of Independence visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence.To read a transcript of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and the names of the signers, visit the National Archives and Records Administration at: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html.
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement After 27 years as an engineer and computer support specialist I’ve retired to do some fun stuff. I work in a trophy and awards shop, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving in Garden City Michigan (greatlakestrophies.com), building and assembling recognition awards, which are really a kind of art. I am also pursuing a number of personal art projects that give me great satisfaction.
I do carvings in stone, known as petroglyphs, using hand-held power tools. If you are interested in me doing a piece for you, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also use graphics software to produce images for the posters and framed prints you can see in my galleries here at Imagekind, www.rmeslinger.imagekind.com/.
I also enjoy working in my yard, barbequing and smoking great food. I live in Farmington Hills Michigan with my wife, Karen, and father-in-law, Bill.