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The Art of Mort Künstler / The American Spirit / A New Nation

Here you will find a pictorial chronicle of the drama and excitement of American History. These paintings give the viewer an insight into the tumultuous life of this young nation that mere words cannot achieve.

First Amendment, The - original painting

Date Created: 1987

Medium: Oil on canvas

Image Size: 30" x 48"

The first Bill of Rights was drawn up even before the Declaration of Independence, by George Mason and enacted by the Virginia Convention on June 12, 1776. The National Bill of Rights, which included the First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, religion, etc., was ratified by Congress on December 15, 1791. This painting shows James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights, being congratulated by an admirer outside the print shop on Water Street in New York City after the first printed version was published by The Daily Advertiser.


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2022. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.