Patrick Henry

Colonial Williamsburg, VA
by Peter F. Rothermel (1817—95)

A painting of Patrick Henry’s If this be treason, make the most of it! speech against the Stamp Act of 1765.

by Thomas Sully (1783—1872)

Oil on canvas. Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, VA.

by George Bagby Matthews (1857—1943)

Height: 29.5 inches (74.93 cm); Width: 24.625 inches (62.5475 cm).

by Jack W. Clifton (1912—90)

Oil on canvas. Virginia State Capitol, Richmond, VA.

by M. Emmet (1736—99)

Miniature watercolor on ivory; 3 3/8 x 2 7/16 inches. Signed diagonally, "M.Emmet", right center.

[George] Mason’s obvious legacy is in his contribution to America’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence through the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Constitution through his role at the Philadelphia Convention, and the Bill of Rights through his dogged opposition to a Constitution without one. Mason may have taken a circumscribed view of the rights he advocated — limiting the right of representation to white men or restricting freedom of the press to a ban on prior restraint — but he put words on paper that could be given more expansive meanings by later generations.

Jeff Broadwater
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)