Giving Tuesday

We are currently raising funds to pay for the conservation of Samuel F. B. Morse’s portrait of Major General Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina which we acquired late last year. While the portrait is handsome, conservation is long overdue. With your help, we will correct problems with the canvas caused by imprudent old restoration efforts, conserve paint where the bond with the canvas is weakening, and return the portrait to its appearance when Morse completed it two hundred years ago. The painting will then be ready to go on display—in Washington, South Carolina, and wherever we can use it to help us tell the story of a remarkable hero of the American Revolution.

We are fortunate to have an anonymous challenge match toward this conservation, and your donation will help us meet this challenge. For #GivingTuesday, we would be grateful for your financial help to protect this important portrait and support its future exhibition.


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Marion Inviting a British Officer is one of the Treasures of the American Revolution a new series from the American Revolution Institute.

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Ten Great American Revolution Paintings, 1790-1860

Paintings of the American Revolution by John Trumbull, Asher Durand, Emanuel Leutze and other artists shaped the way Americans remembered and imagined the American Revolution. They still do. Read all about them in the new feature in our series Treasures of the American Revolution.



Pepper-Pot by Krimmel is a graphic image in the American Revolution Institute exhibition America's First Veterans.


America's First Veterans

Over a quarter of a million Americans served in the armed forces that won our independence. Those who survived became America’s first veterans—the world’s first veterans of an army of free men. You can explore this theme and the art, artifacts, books and manuscripts in the exhibition in our new companion book, America’s First Veterans, published in hardback on November 11.


The Fruit Seller’s Portrait

Among the treasures in the care of the American Revolution Institute—owned for nearly two hundred years by the New York State Society of the Cincinnati—is an enigmatic portrait painted by John Trumbull at the height of his career. The sitter, Bryan Rossiter, is […]