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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Teaching guide<br>Thomas Birch, <em>Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie</em>
Teaching guide
Thomas Birch, Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie

"We have met the enemy and they are ours."

The battle that turned the War of 1812
The battle that turned the War of 1812

The battle that turned the tide during the War of 1812

Dreaming big
Dreaming big

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

Dressing for the American Revolution
Dressing for the American Revolution

Politics and fashion on the eve of the American Revolution

Architect of the Enlightenment
Architect of the Enlightenment

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

Picturing George Washington
Picturing George Washington

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

The making of Paul Revere’s fame
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
Sculpting an American hero

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

Painting the Declaration of Independence
Painting the Declaration of Independence

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