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Historic American Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, etc.

(Indexed chronologically; information provided is Historical Event with Date, then Date of creation of the art work followed by name of the artist if available)

 

Index by Period; Chronological Order by Time Period Depicted

Pre-Columbian America & Colonial Beginnings

Colonial Era (1607-1775)

Early Republic (1776-1815)

Ante-Bellum (1815-1860)

Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1877)

Later 19th Century (1877-1900)

Early 20th Century (1901-1920)

Between the World Wars (1921-1939)

Second World War (1939-1945)

Cold War Era Part I (1946-1963)

Cold War Era Part II (1964-1989)

New World Order (1990-)

 

 

Pre-Columbian America & Colonial Beginnings

“The ratifying the Magna Charta by King John/King John delivering Magna Carta to the Barons”, 1215; circa 1770s Painting by John Hamilton Mortimer

“Aztec Market”, 15th Century; circa 1920s Illustration by Donn Philip Crane I

“Landing of Columbus”, 1492; 1836-37 Painting by John Vanderlyn

“Gilberto di Sassuolo” (previously alleged to be Christopher Columbus), early 16th Century; 1527 Painting by Girolamo Francesco Maria Mazzola “Parmigiano” (the little one from Parma)

“Spanish Treasure Fleet”, 1593; Painting by Johann Theodore de Bry

 

Colonial Era (1607-1775)

“Jamestown Aerial View” circa 1607-10; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“Trading with the Indians” at Jamestown, circa 1607-10; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“First Assembly Meeting” of Virginia House of Burgesses, 30 July 1619; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“Embarkation of the Pilgrims”, 1620; 1843 Painting by Robert Walter Weir

“The Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth”, December 1620; Illustration by Currier and Ives, circa 1858

“Landing of the Pilgrims, on Plymouth Rock”, December 11, 1620; 1846 Lithograph by Napoleon Sarony & James Major

“George Calvert” 1st Lord Baltimore, circa 1620s; by Daniel Mytens the Elder (Daniël Mijtens)

“Potash & Soap Ashes”, circa 1620s; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“Tobacco Production”, circa 1620s; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“First Thanksgiving” 1621; circa 1895-98 Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

"The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth", 1621; 1914 Painting by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe

“Indian Massacre of 1622”; 1628 Illustration by Matthaeus Merian

“The Purchase of Manhattan”, 1626; circa 1910s Painting by Edward Percy Moran

“Cecil Calvert Presenting the Acts of Toleration to Governor William Stone, 1635; 1853 Painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson

“Pequot War”, 1636; 1880 Drawing by Alfred Rudolph Waud

“Roger Williams Sheltered by the Narragansetts”, 1636; circa 1800 Illustration by A.H. Wray

“William 1st Earl of Craven”, 1640s; Painting by Garrit von Honthorst

“Preaching to the Roundheads”, 1640s; 1841 Painting by John Everett Millais

“Battle of Marston Moor”, 1644; 1819 Painting by Abraham Cooper

“Trial of King Charles I”, 1649; circa mid-19th Century Painting by John Burnet

“An Eyewitness Representation of the Execution of King Charles I”, 1649; Painting by John Weesop

“Tobacco Ships in the James River”, mid-17th Century; by an Unknown Artist

“Jamestown”, circa 1650s; 1997 painting by Keith Rocco for the U.S. National Park Service

“William Claiborne”, circa 1650s; Illustration by an Unknown Artist

“Cromwell Dissolving Parliament”, 1653; circa 1770 Painting by Benjamin West

"Mary Dyer led to execution on Boston Common, 1 June 1660"; 19th Century Painting by Unknown Artist

“The Return of Charles II to Whitehall”, 1660; 1867 Painting by Alfred Barron Clay

“Sir William Berkeley”, circa 1660s; Painting by Sir Peter Lely

“Edward Hyde Earl of Clarendon”, circa 1665-66; Painting by Sir Peter Lely

“George Monck 1st Duke of Albemarle”, circa 1665-66; Painting by Sir Peter Lely

“The Dutch burn English ships during the expedition to Chatham” (the Raid on Medway) June 1667; 1669 Painting by Jan van Leyden

“Virginia Tobacco Plantation”, 1670; Painting by Unknown Artist

“Anthony Ashley Cooper 1st Earl of Shaftesbury”, circa 1672-73; Painting by John Greenhill

“Bacon’s Rebellion”, 1675-76; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“Goffe Rallying the Men of Hadley”, 1675-76, during King Philip’s War; 1883 Illustration by an Unknown Artist for the book The romance and tragedy of pioneer life by Augustus L. Mason

“Treaty of Penn with Indians” 1681; 1771 Painting by Benjamin West

“The Trainbands Signing Leisler’s Declaration”, 1689; 1876 Illustration by Alfred Fredericks

“King James II”, circa 1690; Painting by Unknown Artist

“Examination of a Witch”, 1692; 1853 Painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson

“The Trial of George Jacobs”, 5 August 1692; 1855 Painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson

“Edmund Andros”, 1690s; Painting by Mary Beale

“Quakers Synod”, 1698; Illustration by Francis Bugg

“Cotton Mather”, 1700; Illustration by Peter Pelham

“William Stoughton”, circa 1700; Painting by Unknown Artist

“London” early 1700s; by an Unknown Artist

“Rice Cultivation”, early 18th Century; circa 1860s Illustration by Alfred Rudolph Waud

“Sir Francis Nicholson”, circa 1710; Painting by Michael Dahl

“Robert King Carter”, circa 1720; Painting by Unknown Artist

“The South Sea Bubble, a Scene in Change Alley” 1720; 1847 by Edward Matthew Ward

“Samuel Sewall”, 1729; Painting by John Smibert

“Sir Robert Walpole and Speaker Onslow in House of Commons”, 1730; Painting by James Thornhill & William Hogarth

“Oglethorpe’s Interview with Tomo-Chichi”, 1733; circa 1880s Drawing by W.P. Snyder

“A View of Savannah”, 1734; Painting by Peter Gordon

“The Rake in Debtors Prison”, 1735; Painting by William Hogarth

"Father, I cannot tell a lie: I cut the tree." circa 1740; 1867 Engraving by John C. McRae from a painting by G. G. White.

“Early 18th Century Small-Scale Textile Production” ; circa 1785 Illustration by William Hincks for Randal William McDonnell, Lord Lieutenant of Antrim

“Battle of Cartagena de Indias, 1741”; 19th Century Illustration by Luis Fernández Gordillo

“Thomas Hutchinson”, 1741; Painting by Edward Truman

“Peter Faneuil“, 1742; Painting by John Smibert

“Durham Iron Furnace” of George Taylor, mid 18th Century as rebuilt 1874; Illustration from W.H.H. Davis's History of Bucks County, 1876

“The Engine for raising Water by Fire”, mid-18th Century Steam Engine; Illustration by an Unknown Artist

“The Gaols Committee of the House of Commons”, mid-17th Century Painting by William Hogarth

“Men Loading a Boat with Barrels”, mid-17th Century, Illustration by Samuel Scott

“Jonathan Edwards”, 1750; Painting by Joseph Badger

“Cornelius Waldo”, 1750; Painting by Joseph Badger

“George Mason”, 1750; Painting by John Hesselius

“John Reynolds”, circa 1754-78; Painting by Jeremiah Theus

“Andrew Oliver”, circa 1758; Painting by John Singleton Copley

“A Tobacco Plantation”, 1759; Illustration by an Unknown Artist used as a front piece for an early edition of the Federalist Papers 1790

“View of the Capture of Quebec” 13 September 1759 Battle on the Plains of Abraham; 1797 Engraving from Painting by Hervey Smyth

“The Death of General Wolfe” 13 September 1759; 1770 Painting by Benjamin West

“James Otis”, circa 1760; Painting by John Singleton Copley

“Charles Townshend 2d Viscount Townshend, circa 1760s; Painting by an unknown artist

“Sir James Wright”, circa 1761; Painting by Andrea Soldi

“Sir Henry Clinton”, circa 1762-65; Painting by Andrea Soldi

“A View of St. James, Pall Mall, etc.” in London, 1763; Painting by Thomas Bowles

“Pontiac visits Major Gladwin at Fort Detroit”, 1763; Illustration by an Unknown Artist

“The Revenue Act of 1764” debated in the House of Commons; circa 1820s? Painting by Joseph Mallard William Turner

“Bostonians Reading the Stamp Act”, 1765; 1880 Illustration possibly by Paul Gustave Dore in Cassell’s History of the United States authored by Edmund Ollier

“Joseph Warren”, circa 1765; Painting by John Singleton Copley

“Patrick Henry Before the House of Burgesses” 29 May 1765; 1851 Painting by Peter Frederick Rothermel

“General John Burgoyne”, 1766; Painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds

“Silas Deane”, 1766; Painting by William Johnston

“Boston Harbor”, 1768; Engraving by Paul Revere

“Thomas Gage”, circa 1768; Painting by John Singleton Copley

“Paul Revere”, circa 1768-70; Painting by John Singleton Copley

"An Old-Time Counting Room," circa 1770 at Fell's Point, Baltimore, Maryland; 1879 Drawing appearing in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, November 1880 issue

“The Boston Massacre” 5 March 1770; 1857 Chromolithograph by John Henry Bufford from 1855 Drawing of William L. Champney

“Portrait of George Washington” 1772 Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“Samuel Adams”, circa 1772; Painting by John Singleton Copley

“The Burning of the Graspee” 9 June 1772; 1892 by Charles deWolf Brownell

“The Destruction of Tea at Boston Harbor” 16 December 1773; 1846 Lithograph by Nathaniel Currier

“John Lamb speaking at the Sons of Liberty Meeting at New York City”, 17 December 1773; Late 19th Century engraving by John Karst

“Frederick North 2d Earl of Guilford”, circa 1773-74; by Sir Nathaniel Dance-Holland, 1st Baronet

“The Bostonians Paying the Excise-Man, 1774; Painting by Philip Dawe

“Franklin Before the Lords in Council”, 1774; 1856 Painting by Christian Schussele

"The Right Honorable Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, late Governor of Virginia," 1774 Engaving by an unknown artist

“The First Prayer in Congress”, 7 September 1774; 1848 Painting by Tompkins Harrison Matteson

“Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride”, 18 April 1775; 20th Century by Henry Hy Hintermeister

“Battle of Lexington” 19 April 1775; circa 1866 Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“Battle of Lexington” 19 April 1775; 1882 Painting by John Baker

“Battle of Lexington” 19 April 1775; circa 1910 Painting by William Barnes Wollen

“The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill” 17 June 1775; 1786 Painting by John Trumbull

“Battle of Bunker Hill”, 1775; 1897 Painting by Howard Pyle

“George Washington Taking Command at Cambridge”, 1775; 19th Century Painting by Michael Angelo Wageman

“Henry Knox Brings Cannon to Boston”, Winter 1775-76; Painting by Unknown Artist

“Lord Howe Organizes the British Evacuation of Boston”, March 1776; Painting by an Unknown Artist


 

Early Republic (1776-1815)

“Battle of Harlem Heights”, 1776; 1876 Drawing by Alfred Rudolph Waud

“Disembarkation of British Troops at New York City:, 1776; 1778 Engraving by Francois Xavier Habermann

“Colonel Benedict Arnold”, 1776; Painting by Thomas Hart

“Independence Hall in Philadelphia”, 1776; 19th Century Painting by Unknown Artist for Currier & Ives

“Drafting the Declaration of Independence” June 1776; circa 1895-98 Painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

“Declaration of Independence” document presented by five man committee to Congress, June 28, 1776; 1817-19 Painting by John Trumbull

“The Congress Voting Independence”, 2 July 1776, circa 1785 Painting by Robert Edge Pine, completed by Edward Savage in 1790

“The Tocsin of Liberty”, 4 July 1776; 19th Century Illustration by Currier & Ives

“Benjamin Franklin”, 1777; Painting by Jean-Baptiste Greuze

“Occupation of Newport, Rhode Island”, 9 December 1776; 1777 Painting by Robert Cleveley

“Washington Crossing the Delaware” 31 December 1776; 1851 Painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

“Surrender of the Hessian troops at Trenton” to General Washington, 1 January 1777; 1786 Painting by John Trumbull

“George Washington at Trenton”, 1 January 1777; circa 1866 Painting by William Henry Powell

“Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton”, 3 January 1777; 1786 Painting by John Trumbull

“The Birth of Old Glory” 1777 Betsey Ross presenting the Stars & Stripes to George Washington; circa 1917 Painting by Edward Percy Moran

“Battle of Germantown”, 1777; Painting by Unknown Artist

“Francis Marion”; the Swamp Fox, circa 1777; 21st Century Painting by Werner Willis (Werner Karl Heinz Beutel)

(General Nicholas) “Herkimer at the Battle of Oriskany”, 6 August 1777; circa 1901 Painting by Frederick Coffay Yohn

“Battle of Oriskany, State of New York”, 6 August 1777; 1857 Illustration by John Reubin Chapin

“Battle of Brandywine”, 11 September 1777; 1897 Painting by Howard Pyle

“Battle of Freeman's Farm” near Saratoga, New York, 19 September 1777; Painting by an Unknown Artist

“Riflemen at Saratoga”, 7 October 1777; 1975 Painting by Hugh Charles McBarron II

“General Horatio Gates”, circa 1777; 1782 Painting by James Peale after Charles Wilson Peale

“Surrender of General Burgoyne” 17 October 1777; 1821 Painting by John Trumbull

“The March to Valley Forge” November 1777, George Washington leads the U.S. Continental Army; 1883 Painting by William Brooke Thomas Trego

“Committee of Congress at Valley Forge” Winter 1777-78; 1866 Painting by William Henry Powell

“The Prayer at Valley Forge” Winter 1777-78; 1866 Painting by Henry Brueckner

“George Washington at Valley Forge” 1777 reviewing the troops; circa 1917 Painting by Edward Percy Moran

“George Washington at Valley Forge”, 1777-78; 20th Century Painting by Frederick Coffay Yohn

"George Washington and Lafayette at Valley Forge", Winter 1777-78; from Life and Times of Washington, Volume I, 1857; Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“First Salute to the Stars and Stripes” to Captain John Paul Jones I the U.S. Continental Ship Ranger at Quiberon, France, 14 February 1778; 1898 Painting by Edward Moran

“General [Francis] Marion Inviting a British Officer to Share His Meal”, circa 1778; 19th Century Painting by John Blake White

“Franklin’s Reception at the Court of France” 1778; circa 1869 Painting by Anton Hohenstein for lithographer John Smith

“John Paul Jones”, circa 1778; circa 1890 Painting by George Bagby Matthews

“John Paul Jones and Benjamin Franklin at the Court of Louis XVI”, 1778; circa 1895-98 Painting by Jean-Leon Gerome Ferris

“Battle of Monmouth”, 1778; circa 1860 Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“Washington Rallying the Troops at Monmouth” 28 June 1778; 1852 Painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

“Washington at the Battle of Monmouth” confronting General Charles Lee, 1778; 1908 Painting by John Ward Dunsmore

“Lt Governor Henry Hamilton surrenders to Col George Rogers Clark”, 24 February 1779; Painting by an Unknown Artist

“Action Between the Serapis and Bonhomme Richard”, engraving by Unknown Artist based on a 1780 Painting by Richard Paton

“A Perspective View of an Encampment” of a British Regiment, 1780; Illustration by Bowles & Carver

“George Germain 1st Viscount Sackville”, 1780; by George Romney

“Perspective View of a Scutch Mill”, 1780; Painting by William Hincks

“Portrait of George Washington” circa 1780 Painting by John Trumbull

“The Capture of Major Andre”, 23 September 1780; 1812 Painting by Thomas Sully

“Battle of King’s Mountain”, 7 October 1780; 20th Century Painting by Frederick Coffay Yohn

“Battle of Guilford Courthouse” 15 March 1781; circa 1974 Painting by Hugh Charles McBarron II

“Battle of the Virginia Capes”, September 1781; Painting by an Unknown Artist

“French Artillery Park at Yorktown”, October 1781; circa 1955 painting by Sidney E. King for the U.S. National Park Service

“Siege of Yorktown”, Generals Rochambeau and Washington give orders before an attack, October 1781; 1836 Painting by Auguste Couder

“Storming a Redoubt at Yorktown” October 1781; 1840 Painting by Eugene-Louis Lami

“Yorktown Surrender” 17 October 1781; 1786 Painting by Louis-Nicholas Van Blarenberghe commissioned by King of France Louis XVI

“The Surrender of Cornwallis” 19 October 1781; 1820 Painting by John Trumbull

“Patrick Henry”, circa 1780s; 1851 Painting by Thomas Sully

“Washington as a farmer at Mount Vernon” circa 1780s; 1851 Painting by Junius Brutus Stearns

“Thomas Willing”; 1782 Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“Lieutenant-Colonel Banastre Tarleton”; 1782 Painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds

“A Complete Perspective View of all the Machinery of a[n Irish] Bleach Mill”, 1782; Illustration by William Hincks for Lord Bangor

“John Montagu 4th Earl of Sandwich”, 1783; by Thomas Gainsborough

“Loyalists Landing at St. Johns River”, May 1783, in Canada; 1950 Painting by Adam Sherriff Scott

“Treaty of Paris”, 3 September 1783; 2008 Painting by David R. Wagner based on contemporary unfinished painting by Benjamin West

“Disbanding of the Continental Army”, 3 November 1783, in New Windsor, New York; 1883 Drawing by Henry Alexander Ogden in "Harper's Weekly" October 20, 1883

“Map of the United States, 1783-1803, Showing the State of Franklin”; from The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1923

“Reception of the American Loyalists in England”, 1783 ; Illustration by Benjamin West

“Evacuation day", 25 November 1783, as Washington makes triumphal entry into New York City; 1879 Lithograph by Edmund P. and Ludwig Restein

“Triumph of Patriotism” 25 November 1783 George Washington enters New York City; 1853 Engraving by Alexander Hay Ritchie

“Washington’s Farewell to his Officers” 4 December 1783 at the Fraunces Tavern in New York City; circa 1866 Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“General George Washington Resigning his Commission” at Annapolis, 23 December 1783; 1824 Painting by John Trumbull

“Arthur Lee”, 1785; Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“Benjamin Franklin”, circa 1785; Painting by Joseph-Siffred Duplessis

“Richard Henry Lee”, circa 1785; 1790s-1800s Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“Shays Rebellion Attack on Springfield Armory”, 25 January 1787; Illustration by Unknown Artist

“Independence Hall in Philadelphia”, 1787; 19th Century Painting by Unknown Artist for Currier & Ives

“Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States” 17 September 1787; 1940 Painting by Howard Chandler Christy

“Federal Hall, Wall Street, & Trinity Church, New York City”, 1789; Illustration by Cornelius Tiebout

“Slave Ship Brooks”, 1789; Illustration by Thomas Clarkson

“The Old Plantation”, circa 1790; Painting by John Rose

“The Slave Trade”, 1791; Painting by George Morland

“Portait of Thomas Jefferson as Secretary of State”, 1791; Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“John Adams”, circa 1791-94; Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“Portrait of Alexander Hamilton” 1792 Painting by John Trumbull

“Panorama” of London, 1792; Painting by Robert Barker

“Le débat sur les langues”, Lotbinière’s speech in the Canadian assembly, 1793; Painting by Charles Huot

“William Pitt [the Younger} Addresses the House of Commons”, 1793; Painting by Karl Anton Hickel

“The Whiskey Rebellion” 1794; Painting of George Washington with army at Fort Cumberland by Frederick Kemelmeyer

"Charge of the Dragoons at Fallen Timbers", 20 August 1794; circa 1895 Painting Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum

“Signing the Treaty of Fort Greenville”, 3 August 1795; 1945 Painting by Howard Chandler Christy

“Treaty of Fort Greenville”, 3 August 1795; Painting by Unknown Artist

“The Athenaeum” unfinished portrait of George Washington; 1796 Painting by Gilbert Charles Stuart

“Portrait of Alexander Wedderburn, 1st Earl of Rosslyn”, 1798; Painting by William Owen

“King George III”, 1799-1800; Painting by Sir William Beechey

“A view of the Capitol of Washington Before it was burnt down by the British”, circa 1800; Painting by William Russell Birch

“Mount Vernon”, 1800; Painting by Francis Jukes

“Thomas Jefferson”, 1800; Painting by Rembrandt Peale

“Federal Hall, New York City”, 1800s; Illustration by Unknown Artist

“Tecumseh Saves White Captives”, 1800s; 1860 Illustration by John Reubin Chapin

[Louisiana Purchase] “Treaty with the United States”, 18 May 1803; Illustration by F. Adam

“Dolley Madison”, 1804; Painting by Gilbert Stuart

“Lewis and Clark at Mandan Village”, 1804; 20th Century Painting by Hugh Charles McBarron II

“Captain William Clark Meeting the Northwest Indians”, 1804-05; 1897 Painting by Charles Marion Russell

“Battle of Trafalgar, 1805; circa 1808 Painting by Nicholas Pocock

“General Henry Knox”; 1806 Painting by Gilbert Stuart

“British Board of Trade”; 1808 Painting by Rudolph Ackermann

“Sir George Prevost”, circa 1808; 1824 Painting by Jean-Baptiste Roy-Audy

“Executive Mansion” in 1810; 1824 Illustration by Benjamin Henry Latrobe

“Tecumseh Meets William Henry Harrison”, August 1810; 1860 Illustration by John Reubin Chapin

“U.S. Capitol” in 1811; Illustration by Benjamin Henry Latrobe

“Battle of Tippecanoe”, 11 November 1811; circa 1879 Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“Meeting of General Isaac Brock and Tecumseh”, 1812; 20th Century Painting by Lorne K. Smith

“Surrender of Fort Detroit”, 16 August 1812; circa 1870s Painting by Augustus Robin

“U.S.S. Constitution vs H.M.S. Guerriere”, 19 August 1812; circa 1813 Painting by Thomas Birch

“U.S.S. Constitution vs H.M.S. Guerriere”, 19 August 1812; 20th Century Painting by Anton Otto Fischer

“Battle of Queenston Heights”, 10 October 1812; Illustration by eye-witness and participant Major James B. Dennis

“Death of General Brock at the Battle of Queenston Heights”, 13 October 1812; 1896 Painting by John David Kelly

“William Henry Harrison”, circa 1813; Painting by Rembrandt Peale

“Massacre at Frenchtown”, 23 January 1813; Illustration by Unknown Artist

“Fort Mims Massacre”, 30 August 1813; circa 1861-65 Illustration by Alonzo Chappel

“Battle of Lake Erie” 10 September 1813; 1865 Painting by William Henry Powell of Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory

“Battle of Lake Erie”, 10 September 1813; 1885 Painting by Julian Oliver Davidson

“Oliver Hazard Perry”, 10 September 1813, depicted during the Battle of Lake Erie; Painting by Unknown Artist

“Battle of the Thames and the Death of Tecumseh”, 5 October 1813; 1833 Painting by an Unknown Artist

“Battle of Chateauguay”, 26 October 1813; 1896 Painting by E.H. de Holmfield after an 1884 Lithograph by Henri Julien in Le Journal de Dimanche

“Burning of the Capitol”, 24 August 1814, by British troops; Painting by Unknown Artist

“The taking of the city of Washington in America under attack by British forces under Major General Ross, August 24, 1814; 14 October 1814 Wood Engraving by Unknown Artist, later published by G. Thompson

“Death of [British] General Robert Ross”, 12 September 1814; Illustration by an Unknown Artist

A view of the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British, 12-13 September 1814; circa 1814 Painting by John Bower

“By Dawn’s Early Light”, 12-13 September 1814, Francis Scott Key observes British bombardment of Fort McHenry; 1912 Painting by Edward Percy Moran

“Fort McHenry Defenders under Bombardment” , 12-13 September 1814; Illustration by an Unknown Artist

“McDonough’s Victory on Lake Champlain”, 11-16 September 1814; 1816 Painting by Benjamin Tanner

“A Hundred Year’s Peace” 24 December 1814 Painting by Amedee Forestier of Signing of Treaty of Ghent

“The Battle of New Orleans and the Death of Major General Pakenham”, 8 January 1815; 1817 Painting by Joseph Yeager

“Battle of New Orleans”, 8 January 1815; circa 1840 Painting by Jean Hyacinthe Laclotte

“The Battle of New Orleans”, 8 January 1815; 1910 Painting by Edward Percy Moran

“Election Day”, 1815; Painting by John Lewis Krimmel

“Captain W. Andrew Bulger Saying Farewell [to Indians] at Fort Mackay, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, 1815; circa 1823 Painting by Peter Ridisbacher

 

Ante-Bellum (1815-1860)

“East India House in Leadenhall Street, London”, circa 1817; Illustration by Thomas Hosmer Shepherd

“British Rear Admiral George Cockburn”, circa 1817; Painting by John James Halls

“Henry Clay”, 1818; Painting by Matthew Harris Jouett

“Andrew Jackson”, 1819; Painting by Charles Willson Peale

“General Andrew Jackson”, 1819; Painting by John Wesley Jarvis

"Young Omahaw, War Eagle, Little Missouri, and Pawnees", 1821; Painting by Charles Bird King

“Slaves Fell the Ripe Sugar, Antigua, 1823”; Painting by William Clark

“View of the U.S. Capitol”, 1827; circa 1837 Painting by William Henry Bartlett

“Inauguration of Andrew Jackson” 4 March 1829; 1953 Mural Painting by Allyn Cox

“The Capitol of Washington”, circa 1830; Painting by H. Brown

“The Prophet Tenskwatawa”, 1830; Painting by George Catlin

“View of Baltimore”, circa 1830s; circa 1837 Painting by William Henry Bartlett

“Sale of a Slave” in Suriname, 1831; Painting by Benoit

"Indian Encampment on Lake Huron", 1845; Painting by Paul Kane

“The United States Senate, A.D. 1850”; 1855 Painting by Peter Frederick Rothermel

“Cotton Pickers”, circa 1850s; circa 1880s painting by William Aiken Walker

“A Cotton Plantation on the Mississippi—the Harvest”, circa 1850s; 1884 painting by William Aiken Walker engraved by Currier & Ives

“A Slave Sale in Charleston, South Carolina”, 1854; Painting by Eyre Crowe

“The Atlantic Cable”, 1858; Lithograph by Napoleon Sarony, James Major, and Joseph Knapp

“Independence Hall in Philadelphia”, circa 1859; Painting by Richard Ferdinand

“Fort Union, and distribution of goods to the Assinniboines”; 1860 Lithograph by Napoleon Sarony, James Major, and Joseph Knapp

“Our Heaven Born Banner”; 1861 Lithograph by Napoleon Sarony, James Major, and Joseph Knapp

 

 

Civil War & Reconstruction (1861-1877)

“Slave Auction, Richmond, 1862”; Painting by Levevre J. Cranstone

“Sherman’s March to the Sea” 1864; Painting by Felix Octavius Carr Darley

“The Union Christmas Dinner” 25 December 1864; 31 December 1864 Illustration by Thomas Nast for Harper’s Weekly

“Death of Lincoln”, 1865; 1868 Painting by Alonzo Chappel

“Unloading Tea-Ships in the British East India Company's Docks, London”, 1867 from the Illustrated London News

“The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson” 24 February 1868; Illustration by Theodore R. Davis

“Port of New Orleans”; 1873 Painting by Alfred Rudolf Waud

“Independence Hall” in Philadelphia, 1876; Painting by Theodore Poleni

“The statue of [Francesco Pezzicar's] ‘The Freed Slave” in Memorial Hall', 1876; wood engraving by Fernando Miranda in Frank Leslie's Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition

“The Florida Case Before the Electoral Commission” 1877; 1877-78 Painting by Cornelia Adele Strong Fassett


Later 19th Century (1878-1900)

“Independence Hall Philadelphia”; circa 1880s Engraving by John Rogers

“Washington D.C. –The Attack on the President’s Life” 1881; Drawing by A. Berghaus and C. Upham, published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper

“Sarah Bernhardt as Cleopatra”; 1891 Lithograph by Napoleon Sarony

“The Inaugural Parade of William McKinley in 1896”. 1978-1980 Painting by Frank Wright

 

Early 20th Century (1901-1920)

“The Shooting of President McKinley on the Stage of the Temple of Music” 6 September, 1901; 1905 Drawing by T. Dart Walker from 21 September 1901 cover of Leslie’s Weekly

 

Between the World Wars (1921-1939)

 

 

Cold War Era Part I (1946-1963)

 

 

Cold War Era Part II (1964-1989)

 

 

New World Order (1990-)