The American Revolution and Early Republic

From a renegade colony to the early years of the United States. What did this transitional period look like?

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Dreaming big: Thomas Cole’s <em>The Architect’s Dream</em>
Dreaming big: Thomas Cole’s The Architect’s Dream

Cole, the great American landscape painter, looks across the vast history of Western architecture

Ostentatious plainness: Copley’s portrait of the Mifflins
Ostentatious plainness: Copley’s portrait of the Mifflins

Politics and fashion on the eve of the American Revolution

An architect of the Enlightenment, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
An architect of the Enlightenment, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

In addition to being an politician, Jefferson was an ardent supporter and practitioner of classical architecture.

Picturing George Washington, the <em>Lansdowne Portrait</em>
Picturing George Washington, the Lansdowne Portrait

Presidential portraits of George Washington were Stuart’s bread and butter when he returned to his native America.

A portrait and a poem: the making of Paul Revere’s fame
A portrait and a poem: the making of Paul Revere’s fame

Well known in his own day as a silversmith, Revere is shown in casual attire, with a teapot brimming with meaning.

Sculpting an American hero: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s <em>George Washington</em>
Sculpting an American hero: Jean-Antoine Houdon’s George Washington

Lack of an American sculptural tradition compelled Jefferson to look to France for this portrait of Washington.

Painting the story of the Declaration of Independence
Painting the story of the Declaration of Independence

Trumbull traveled up and down the Eastern Seaboard to paint the members of the Continental Congress from life.