Born June 6, 1756, John Trumbull is best known for his Revolutionary War depictions and heroic portraits of General Washington. Unlike Stuart, Trumbull had personal ties with the first president, acting as a aide-de-camp for Washington during the war. the Two exchanged many kindhearted and friendly letters over the years, discussing politics as well as personal family matters.
An excerpt from one of Washington's letters to Trumbull reads as follows:
"Your favor of the 6th of Mar. with the proofs of the two first Prints of the American Revolution came duly to hand, and merit those thanks which I offer with great cordiality. Such repeated proofs of your kind attention to me, affect my Sensibility without enabling me to express it in the manner I wish; further than to assure you, in strong terms, of my sincere friendship; of which I hope, & trust, you had no doubts before." (1)
1. “From George Washington to John Trumbull, 25 July 1798,” Founders Online, National Archives, version of January 18, 2019, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/06-02-02-0363. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Retirement Series, vol. 2, 2 January 1798 – 15 September 1798, ed. W. W. Abbot. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998, p. 457.]