Robert Field (1769—1819)

by Robert Field (1769—1819)

Watercolor on ivory; 3 1/8 x 2 7/16 in. (7.9 x 6.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

by Robert Field (1769—1819)

Washington: watercolor on ivory in a rose-gold on silver locket. Martha: watercolor on ivory in a rose-gold over copper locket; rever

Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense (1775), urging the colonies to declare their independence, found 150,000 purchasers in a population of less than 3 million — the equivalent today of a sale of 14 million.

Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)