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American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843
Subject: David Bayard Ogden, American, 1775–1849

David Bayard Ogden (1775–1849)


Oil on wood

4 × 3 1/4 in. (10.2 × 8.3 cm)
Trumbull Collection

In 1826 Trumbull’s life-size versions of four history paintings—The Declaration of Independence (1823.3), The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown (1823.4), The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga (1832.7), and The Resignation of General Washington (1832.8)—were installed in the newly built Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C. The successful integration of architecture and paintings in the rotunda spurred Trumbull to try for another commission to fill the hall’s remaining four empty niches. Hoping to complete his “Hall of the Revolution,” Trumbull spent several months lobbying his cause in Washington. Trumbull painted this portrait of David Bayard Ogden in 1827 as part of a group of miniatures during a period of hopeful enthusiasm. Unfortunately for the artist, a second federal commission never materialized. Between 1818 and 1845, New York lawyer Ogden was one of the most sought after and highly paid lawyers in the United States. He often practiced before the Supreme Court, arguing successfully on such issues as the jurisdiction of the Court and the interstate influence of corporations.

On view
19th century
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