35 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (90.2 x 69.9 cm)
Framed: 48 x 40 1/2 in. (121.9 x 102.9 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
Chester Harding’s portrait of Charles Carroll—Member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence—was acquired in 1870. The painting, which depicts Carroll not long before his death in 1832, has not had an entirely peaceful life in the Capitol. In 1966, it was one of four paintings slashed with a knife by a vandal. Chester Harding began his career as an itinerant, self-taught artist, but eventually became one of the most successful American portraitists of his generation, painting many significant individuals, including James Madison and John Quincy Adams.