Anson Dickinson (1779—1852)

by Anson Dickinson (1779—1852)

Watercolor on ivory; 2 1/2 x 3 in. ( 6.4 x 7.6 cm ). New-York Historical Society, New York, NY.

by Anson Dickinson (1779—1852)

Watercolor on ivory; after the 1772 portrait by Charles Willson Peale; 5-1/4 x 3-7/8 in (13.3 x 9.8 cm). Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati,

[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)