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American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843
Subject: Ralph Izard, American, 1741/42–1804

Ralph Izard (1741/42–1804)


Oil on wood

3 3/4 × 2 7/8 in. (9.5 × 7.3 cm)
Trumbull Collection

Born into a wealthy South Carolina planter family, Ralph Izard helped secure funds for the United States during the Revolutionary War by opening negotiations with the duchy of Tuscany. During the sessions of the Third Congress, Izard was president pro tempore of the Senate. As Izard was a close friend of George Washington, John Trumbull painted this miniature in Philadelphia for his proposed painting The Inauguration of the President.

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), 141, pl. 81-85.

Susan B. Matheson, Art for Yale: A History of the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2001), 18, fig. 15.

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), 102, no. 44, ill.

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