Thomas Paine,by Matthew Pratt, circa 1790.
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Oil on canvas portrait of Thomas Paine wearing a brown jacket and a white shirt with an ascot styled collar

Credit: Courtesy of the Kirby Collection of Historical Paintings, Lafayette College Art Collection, Easton, Pa.

There are no portraits of Paine during his first residence in the United States, primarily in Philadelphia, between 1774 and 1787. Returning to the United States in 1802 after his residence and imprisonment in France, Paine again became a lightning rod for controversy because of his support of the French Revolution and his attacks on Christianity. In 1809, Paine died at the age of seventy-two in New York City.

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