Paul Revere

by Grant Wood (1892—1942)

Oil on Masonite. 30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

by John Singleton Copley (1738—1815)

Oil on canvas; 89.22 x 72.39 cm (35 1/8 x 28 1/2 in). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

by Charles-Balthazar-Julien Févret de Saint-Mémin (1770—1852)

Black and white chalk on pink prepared paper; black mount.

by Gilbert Stuart Newton (1795—1835)

Watercolor and graphite pencil on ivory; 11.4 x 8.9 cm (4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in.) Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

[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)