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. John Trumbull (1756–1843), soldier and painter, first traveled to Europe in 1780, where he briefly studied
painting with Benjamin West. Returning to America in Jan. 1783, he again sailed for
Europe in December to develop commercial interests, but quickly abandoned these plans
and turned a second time to Benjamin West for instruction in painting. Influenced
by both West and John Singleton Copley, Trumbull soon became the principal painter
of the great events of the American Revolution (