Laurent Dabos, 1761 - 1835
Thomas Paine, 29 Jan 1737 - 8 Jun 1809
Oil on canvas
Stretcher: 34 x 26cm (13 3/8 x 10 1/4")
Frame: 50.8 x 43.5cm (20 x 17 1/8")
Thomas Paine: Male
Thomas Paine: Literature\Writer
Thomas Paine: Politics and Government\Statesman
Thomas Paine: Communications\Journalist\Editor\Magazine
Thomas Paine: Science and Technology\Inventor
Thomas Paine: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Humanitarian
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
Before the Reign of Terror began in 1793, Laurent Dabos, an artist from Toulouse undertook (apparently for the purpose of engraving) small full-length portraits of twelve luminaries of the French Revolution-Thomas Paine the only non-Frenchman among them. The bust version here shows Paine about the time he reached France. Well known as the author of Common Sense and Rights of Man, he was greeted by cannon salutes and cries of "Vive Thomas Paine."
Outlawed in England, Paine was never able to return to his native land, but his portrait was carried there-possibly by a member of the radical Anglo contingent in Paris-and was discovered some years ago in Northumberland.
(Salamander Fine Arts, London); purchased 2008 NPG