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Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843
Subject: William Hull, American, 1753–1825, B.A. 1772, M.A. 1779

William Hull (1753–1825), B.A. 1772, M.A. 1779


Oil on wood

4 × 3 1/8 in. (10.2 × 7.9 cm)
Trumbull Collection

John Trumbull painted this portrait of Lieutenant Colonel William Hull in Boston as part of a set of miniatures of Revolutionary War military officers in preparation for several history paintings. Hull served almost continuously throughout the war and fought at the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. Having led the Eighth Massachusetts Regiment against the British at Saratoga, New York, he stands to the immediate right of the tree in Trumbull’s The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga (1832.7). His valor earned him the commendation of General Washington and Congress, as well as a series of promotions that brought him to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

On view
18th century

Helen A. Cooper et al., John Trumbull: The Hand and Spirit of a Painter (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), 127, pl. 46-50.

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), 98, no. 40, ill.

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