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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843

Lawrence Manning (1756–1804)


Oil on wood

4 × 3 in. (10.2 × 7.6 cm)
Trumbull Collection

Lawrence Manning, a captain in Lee’s Legion within the Continental army, was distinguished by his gallantry at the Battle of Eutaw Springs under General Nathanael Greene. He settled in South Carolina after the war and became an adjutant general in the state militia. John Trumbull painted his portrait, along with four others in this set, between 1790 and 1792 while traveling up and down the eastern seaboard during an intense period of portrait-gathering. He probably took this miniature, painted in Charleston, for his proposed history painting The Battle of Eutaw Springs.

On view
18th century

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), 106, no. 48, ill.

Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 139, pl. 76-80.

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