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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843
Subject: Ebenezer Stevens, American, 1751–1823

Ebenezer Stevens (1751–1823)

1790

Oil on wood

3 7/8 × 3 1/8 in. (9.8 × 8 cm)
Trumbull Collection
1832.27

This portrait of Colonel Ebenezer Stevens is part of a set of miniatures of Revolutionary War military officers painted by John Trumbull in preparation for several history paintings. After participating in the Boston Tea Party, Stevens fought in the battles of Ticonderoga, Stillwater, and Saratoga in New York as commander of the Massachusetts artillery and accompanied French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette to Virginia, where he served part-time as commander of the artillery during the siege at Yorktown. In Trumbull’s The Surrender of General Burgoyne at Saratoga (1832.7), Stevens leans against the cannon at the far right of the painting. After the war, Stevens was a merchant in New York City, where this miniature was painted, and commanded the artillery there during the War of 1812.

Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Miniatures
Bibliography: 

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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