Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Overall: 8 1/16 x 5 3/4 x 3 5/8 in. ( 20.5 x 14.6 x 9.2 cm )
inscribed: on back in red paint: "# 366" [old N-YHS cat #] printed label: on back: "THOMAS PAINE/Plaster cast of head, made after the great author's death by John W Jarvis, the portrait painter, an intimate friend of Thomas Paine"
Thomas Paine was born in England, the son of a Quaker corsetmaker. He came to the Colonies in 1774 with letters of introduction from Benjamin Franklin, and two years later published his pamphlet "Common Sense," which advocated separation of the Colonies from England.
Gift of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association
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