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Thomas Paine

Artist
Laurent Dabos, 1761 - 1835
Sitter
Thomas Paine, 29 Jan 1737 - 8 Jun 1809
Date
c. 1792
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 34 x 26cm (13 3/8 x 10 1/4")
Frame: 50.8 x 43.5cm (20 x 17 1/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.2008.5
Culture
Thomas Paine: European\British\English
Exhibition Label
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.
Provenance
(Salamander Fine Arts, London); purchased 2008 NPG
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 144