Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 8

John Trumbull, The Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775, 1786. Oil on canvas. Yale University Art Gallery, Trumbull Collection

John Trumbull and Historical Fiction: The Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775

Friday, November 8, 2013, 1:30 pm

Most of us know this famous image of an inspiring American defeat and a noble death. Trumbull was there that day. We examine what he knew about what actually happened at Bunker Hill, what he chose to paint, and what he wanted to say about the combatants’ values.

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John Walsh presents Let This Be a Lesson: Lecture 8.

Recommended Readings

The essays by Helen A. Cooper and Jules D. Prown are essential reading. Irma B. Jaffe’s book is older but has merits. John Trumbull’s own description of the painting also deserves reading.

To access subscription-only articles, or for assistance with any of the below materials, please visit the Nolen Center Library at the Yale University Art Gallery.

On the Artist and the Painting

Cooper, Helen A. John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter. Exh. cat. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982. See, especially, Cooper, “John Trumbull, A Life,” 2–19; Jules D. Prown, “John Trumbull as History Painter,” 22–41; 48–51, nos. 4–6; and 90–91, no. 32.

Jaffe, Irma B. John Trumbull: Patriot-Artist of the American Revolution. Boston: Graphic Society, 1975: 72–96.

On the Subject

[Trumbull, John]. Catalogue of Paintings by Colonel Trumbull. New Haven, Conn.: J. Peck, 1835.

Note: For the benefit of the lecture audience, we are supplying a recommended reading list as well as links to useful online sources. Any author or publisher who believes that his or her rights have been violated should contact Rights and Reproductions at the Yale University Art Gallery at yuagrights@yale.edu.

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