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American Paintings and Sculpture
Artist: John Trumbull, American, 1756–1843
Subject: John Faucheraud Grimké, American, 1752–1819

John Faucheraud Grimké (1752–1819)


Oil on wood

3 5/8 × 3 in. (9.2 × 7.6 cm)
Trumbull Collection

John Faucheraud Grimké was born in South Carolina to French and German parents. He rose to the rank of deputy adjutant general for South Carolina and Georgia and was taken prisoner by the British at the surrender of Charleston in 1780. After the war, Grimké resumed life as a planter and became a noted jurist, serving as a judge on the South Carolina Superior Court and later as its senior associate. This miniature, painted by John Trumbull in Charleston, may have been intended as a study for the unexecuted painting The Siege of Savannah.

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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