Congress Voting Independence

Congress Voting Independence is a painting by Robert Edge Pine showing the interior of Independence Hall, Philadelphia, and contains the portraits of most of the signers of the United States Declaration of Independence. The artist worked on the painting from 1784 until his death in 1788. The painting is unfinished. It currently is held in Independence Hall, Philadelphia.

Congress Voting Independence
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ArtistRobert Edge Pine
Yearc. 1784 - 1788
LocationIndependence Hall, Philadelphia

Identification of portraitsEdit

Most of the portraits can be identified. The central figures, left to right, are John Adams of Massachusetts, Roger Sherman of Connecticut, Robert R. Livingston, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, and Benjamin Franklin (seated), the members of the Committee of Five which drafted the declaration.

In the foreground on the left is Samuel Adams of Massachusetts and Robert Morris of Pennsylvania (wearing white). Above Samuel Adams is Robert Treat Paine of Massachusetts and above him is Dr. Benjamin Rush of Pennsylvania. Immediately to the left of Samuel Adams is Samuel Chase. Above Robert Morris wearing dark is Benjamin Harrison.

Engraving by Edward SavageEdit

An engraving based on the painting was made by Edward Savage in 1801, who finished the unpainted portraits.

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