are from Declaring
Independence: Drafting the Documents at the Library of Congress website.
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twenty-four surviving copies of the first printing of the Declaration of
Independence done by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap in the evening of
July 4. These rare documents are known as Dunlap Broadsides
of the Declaration of Independence.
Savages engraving, based on Robert Edge Pines painting of the
presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress,
is considered one of the most realistic renditions of this historic event.
Jefferson is the tall person depositing the Declaration of Independence
on the table. Benjamin Franklin sits to his right. John Hancock sits behind
the table. Fellow committee members, John Adams, Roger Sherman, and Robert
R. Livingston stand (left to right) behind Jefferson.