John Trumbull's "George Washington" Portrait


John Trumbull




Alarms when senses impending battle


Location Fixation


Sensing danger

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Date of Collection



Origin[edit | edit source]

John Trumbull (1756 - 1843) was an American artist during the period of the American Revolutionary War, notable for his historical paintings. As a solider in the American Revolutionary War he was appointed second personal aide to General George Washington. Witnessing the Battle of Bunker Hill he sketched the British strongholds including weaknesses he saw turning them over to Washington who would remember the young man later in life.

After the war he left American for study in London, upon his return he was requested by then President George Washington to commission a portrait of himself. The portrait is an almost rote duplicate of his earlier work, Washington at Verplanck's Point, with the background changed and the canvas size quadrupled.

A mixture of the Trumbull's and Washington's fortitude turned the painting into an artifact. Before giving the finished work to Washington a burglar broke in Trumbull's house but was scared off by someone sounding a trumpet for alarm. Although wishing to thank the neighbor who blew the trumpet no one came forward. The portrait hung in the historic Governor's Room of New York City Hall until it was switched out with a replica.

Effects[edit | edit source]

Acts like an alarm if it senses impending battle. The Washington in the painting comes to life and plays a trumpet to raise the alarm. Silences the moment conflict ceases, regardless of outcome.

Causes a slight touch of déjà vu from being a near-copy of a previous work. Makes the user feel they are constantly entering the same area again or travelling around in endless loops. The larger the room (or forbid an unwalled space), the more profound the disorientation.

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