Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. (1740–1809), LL.D. 1797 Artist: John Trumbull (American, 1756–1843)


American Paintings and Sculpture

On view, 2nd floor, American Art before 1900

John Trumbull’s brother, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., served as military secretary to George Washington at the surrender at Yorktown. After serving in the Connecticut legislature, the first three congresses under the new U.S. Constitution, and the Senate, he became lieutenant governor of Connecticut, and then, upon the death of Governor Oliver Wolcott, chief executive of the state. Trumbull painted this likeness of his brother in Philadelphia during Jonathan's second term as a representative to Congress, where he served as speaker of the house in 1791–92.


Oil on wood


4 × 3 1/8 in. (10.2 × 7.9 cm)

Credit Line

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), 105, no. 47, ill
  • Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 145, pl. 91-95
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miniatures (paintings), portraits


Signed verso: "Jonathan Trumbull Esqr./Representative in the/Congress of the United/States of America from/the State of Connecticut/& present at the inau-/guration of the first/President./Painted by his brother/J. Trumbull at/Phila. 1792"

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