William Smallwood (1732–1792) Artist: John Trumbull (American, 1756–1843)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

A delegate in the Maryland Assembly, William Smallwood commanded the highly regarded Maryland troops in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he served four terms as governor of Maryland. In John Trumbull’s painting The Resignation of General Washington (1832.8), Smallwood is the third figure to the right of Washington. Trumbull painted this miniature in Philadelphia in 1792, copying the portrait from an original by Charles Willson Peale.


Oil on wood


3 7/8 × 3 in. (9.8 × 7.6 cm)

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Trumbull Collection

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.


  • Helen A. Cooper et al., Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2008), 104, no. 46, ill.
  • Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 136, pl. 71-75.

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miniatures (paintings), portraits


Signed verso: "Brigd. Genl. Smallwood/of the American Army/present at the resignati/on Genl. Washington/Painted at Phila./1792. By J. Trumbull/from an original by/Mr. C. W. Peale."

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