Art and Architecture, Objects
Subject Source: Local sources
Found in 17 Collections and/or Records:
Scope and Contents The simple desk on which the Declaration of Independence was written, designed by Jefferson and made in 1776 by Benjamin Randolph, was given to Ellen Wayles Randolph and her husband Joseph Coolidge, Jr. after the writing desk John Hemings made for the couple as a wedding gift was lost at sea. The Benjamin Randolph desk is now on display at the National Museum of American History accompanied by Jefferson’s letter verifying its authenticity and presenting it to Coolidge.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1976A
Scope and Contents Jefferson’s expenditures and receipts for the year 1812-1813 serve as a model for his lifetime struggle to balance extravagant expenses of slaves and family, as well as guests to be wined and dined, with a fluctuating income as planter, politician, and retired gentleman.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1985N
"Edgehill" Portrait of Thomas Jefferson 1805-1982: Jefferson's Image in the Private Eye by Lucia Stanton Goodwin & James A. Bear, (September 1982), E332.2 .A5 1982S
Scope and Contents At the commemoration of the acquisition of the "Edgehill" Portrait by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Goodwin and Bear briefly discussed the various likenesses done of Jefferson and the reactions they inspired in his lifetime. The "Edgehill" portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart "provided the image which became the most popular and enduring icon of Jefferson."
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1982S
Scope and Contents Diary entries from Ellen Randolph Coolidge’s travels in Great Britain in 1838-39 serve as a record of the political, social, and artistic life of London, ranging from the national loyalty to young Queen Victoria, to the tasteless nature of superfluous columns in architecture. Her adventures in London, the English countryside (Cowes), and Edinburgh evoke memories of life in Virginia. She recalls tales of Europe told by Martha Randolph (educated at the convent in Paris) and Thomas Jefferson...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1994N
Scope and Contents The identification of longitude was one of the serious endeavors of scientists both professional, such as Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne of Greenwich, and amateur, including Thomas Jefferson. While Maskelyne collected calculations of astronomical phenomena and projected the moon’s position in Nautical Almanac and Astronomical Ephemeris (which, along with John Harrison’s 1773 "discovery of longitude" with a consistently accurate time-piece, proved invaluable to navigation), Jefferson toured...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1996A
Kenwood by Ann Lucas, and The Currency of Reason by Lucia C. Stanton, (April 1994), E332.2 .A5 1994A
Scope and Contents First essay: General Watson, senior military aide to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, built Kenwood in 1939 as a weekend retreat. FDR stayed at Kenwood at least four times between 1941-45, including the weekend before D-Day (June 6, 1944). Second essay: Jefferson sought to bring uniform standards to the currency of the new country. During his visits to Europe, he collected coins from various countries and investigated ways to create coinage. The lack of a uniform currency hampered the economy...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1994A
Scope and Contents Jefferson spent his early childhood at the Randolph estate of Tuckahoe, and the house’s evolving structure and usage played an important role in his architectural imagination. Thomas Mann Randolph expanded the house from his grandfather Thomas Randolph’s original two-story, four-room abode to a large H-shaped home with a spacious saloon joining the symmetrical wings. The interior finish of the hyphen and south wing was likely done by Richard Bayliss (who worked on Carter’s Grove and Wilton),...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1999A
Scope and Contents A transcript of Jefferson’s notes that accompanied several drawings for a townhouse (never built) modeled after Monticello. The drawings and notes were acquired by the University of Virginia in 1979 and "shed new light on our understanding of Jefferson’s theory of design."
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1979A
Scope and Contents In six accounts, denoted by different locations, dates, and musical arrangements played and by whom, various instruments played or related to those played by members of the Jefferson family are discussed. A 1786 Kirckman was purchased by Jefferson and played by Martha Jefferson in Paris in 1789, and yet another given to Maria Jefferson in 1798. Jefferson encouraged musicianship in his daughters and subsequent generations (Martha, Maria, Ellen Randolph and her aunt Virginia Cary were all skilled...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1991A
Scope and Contents Jefferson’s passion for the study of birds and climate led him to link the two in the manner of a phenologist. He collected mockingbirds (he owned several as pets and had a special favorite, Dick, who had a remarkable ability to imitate tunes and sounds), studied the winter habits of the purple martin, and enjoyed the sight and song of many others, including swallows and whippoorwills. Jefferson exchanged conjectures regarding the identity of various birds with Alexander Wilson, who sent...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1988N
Scope and Contents Jefferson was a life-long admirer, student, and designer of architecture. His ever-evolving plans for Monticello included his own simplified version of the Delorme dome (which he saw at Halle au Blé, Paris in 1786 and to which he refers in his famous “Head and Heart” letter to Maria Cosway, excerpt included), the serrated “zig-zag” he invented for the low-grade roof, and the tin-coated iron shingles he used and advocated (first applied by Ase Brooks but later by “a common negro man”). Though...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1992N
Scope and Contents Upon Jefferson’s death, his dire financial situation required the sale of Monticello and most of the belongings to pay off his debt. The house fell into disrepair as it was transferred from one owner to another, until finally Jefferson Levy (the nephew of one of the past owners) purchased it and restored the House to its earlier grandeur in the late 19th century. Ultimately, Levy agreed to sell his home for $500,000 to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation in 1923; the Foundation has...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 2001N
Scope and Contents Thomas Jefferson went to Paris in 1784, where the Duke Louis-Philippe-Joseph d’Orléans had recently opened the expanded Palais Royal, designed by Victor Louis. Jefferson recorded his daily activities and transactions there in his Account Book, indicating that he frequented the Palais, which had become the center of commerce, entertainment, and gossip in Paris. He was inspired by the convenience and aesthetic appeal of the architecture, and was also first introduced to the physionotrace, a new...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1978A
Scope and Contents Jefferson had Souche make a wooden copy of the bronze askos from the ruins of the Maison Carrée at Nîsmes as a gift for Charles Louis Clèrisseau, who drafted the plans and arranged for the construction of the model for the new capitol in Richmond without compensation. Jefferson ultimately had Thomas Claxton make a silver askos as well, but gave a silver urn modeled on forms dug from Herculaneum and Pompeii to Clèrisseau, probably because he concluded that the askos seemed originally "to...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1974A
Thomas Jefferson and "the finest statuary in the world" by Susan R. Stein, (November 1997), E332.2 .A5 1997N
Scope and Contents The famous French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon executed likenesses of well-known figures such as Voltaire, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and Lafayette, and created the best-known portrait of Thomas Jefferson in 1789. Jefferson’s residence in Paris, exposure to art there, and Houdon’s training, sculpting process, and famous works are outlined.
Dates: E332.2 .A5 1997N
West Point's Lost Founder: Thomas Jefferson Remembered, Forgotten, & Reconsidered by Robert McDonald, (November 2002), E332.2 .A5 2002N
Scope and Contents The plan to establish a national institution for military education began at the time of the Revolutionary War. Not until 1802, however, did Jefferson manage to convince Congress to authorize the funding and creation of West Point, a military academy to educate cadets to defend the new nation. Despite his efforts, Jefferson fell out of favor with the leaders at West Point, and his contribution was willfully ignored or suppressed by various superintendents (of more republican leanings)...
Dates: E332.2 .A5 2002N