Revolutionary-Era Art and Artifacts

The Massachusetts Historical Society is pleased to present images of Revolutionary-era portraits and artifacts and provide compelling visual resources to history enthusiasts. This website includes 67 portraits and 48 artifacts. Included are portraits of Continental Army generals George Washington, Benjamin Lincoln, David Cobb, and Henry Jackson; patriots John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Jonathan Jackson, and Caleb Strong; and loyalists Charles Paxton and Thomas Hutchinson. Artifacts provide a tangible, physical connection to the individuals who witnessed the Revolutionary era. Included are Joseph Warren's sword, pistols owned by Paul Revere and Artemas Ward, and Abigail Adams's pocket.

Explore the images which are arranged by topic, by the names of the people depicted in the portraits or by the type of artifact.

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Paul and Rachel Revere

Two portraits of Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette

Two portraits of Thomas Hutchinson

Abigail and John Adams

Two portraits of Abigail Adams

Two portraits of John Adams

Henry and Penelope Vassall

Three portraits of George Washington