Stairwell Room:
The Treaty of Paris at Annapolis Wall

American Commissioners of the Preliminary Peace Negotiations with Great Britain

Artist: Benjamin West (1738-1820), 1783 (begun)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library

The United States of America, Confirmed by Treaty 1783 

Negotiating the Peace with Great Britain

This painting, commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Paris, was originally composed to include all of the commissioners who negotiated the treaty;, however, the artist was unable to secure sittings with the British representatives. Because of their reluctance to sit, the painting depicts only the American negotiators: John Jay, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Laurens, and Franklin's secretary, William Temple Franklin. It was painted by the American artist Benjamin West, who also trained Charles Willson Peale.



KEy Images on the

James Madison
Marquis de Lafayette
Thomas Jefferson
Sketch of the Maryland State House
The United States of America, Confirmed by Treaty 1783
Peace Commissioners

Key Documents on the Wall

Willianm Paca Proclamation
Announcing the Peace
Treaty of Paris

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

John Shaw # 1 Des