Description The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states, and thus no longer a part of the British Empire. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America, Independence Day, is celebrated on July 4th, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress. Wikipedia. This image is of John Trumbull's (1756 to 1843) painting, 'Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776', depicting the five-man 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 and presenting their work to the Congress in what is now called Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The original hangs in the US Capitol Rotunda. It was commissioned in 1817, purchased 1819, and placed in the Rotunda in 1826. 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 image was obtained from Wikimedia Commons at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Declaration_independence.jpg and is in the public domain for reasons explained there.
Richard Eslinger, Farmington Hills, Michigan Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement Hello, I'm Richard Eslinger, the creator of this Imagekind gallery.
For most of my career I worked as an engineer and computer graphics specialist. In more recent years, I discovered a hobby of searching archival sources for historic, interesting, or important vintage images. I refurbish them with graphics software and imprint them on stone, tile, wood, paper, or glass in various ways. This has led to the presentation of some interesting artwork. Some of the results of this hobby can be seen on this Imagekind gallery as well as my website https://www.vintage-imaging.com.
I also work in a trophy and awards business, Great Lakes Trophies and Engraving (GLTE) in Garden City, Michigan. You can visit us at www.greatlakestrophies.com to see some of the items we make and sell. I program and operate our engraving machines for trophies and recognition awards. We have 5 engraving machines including 3 laser engravers and 2 mechanical engravers. Programming and running them is an art in its own right and requires an artistic view and use of computer graphics software.
I live in Farmington Hills, Michigan with my wife, Karen. Thank you for visitingmy Imagekind gallery. To view more historical images, visit my website at https://www.vintage-imaging.com