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Thomas Jefferson


Title: Thomas Jefferson
Artist: Trumbull, John   
Date of Work: 1788
Medium/Support: oil on panel
Measurements: 4 3/4 x 3 in (12.1 x 7.6 cm)
Inscribed: No
Acquisition Information: Gift of the Italian Republic
Acquisition Number: 976.1262.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"The painting is the first and finest of three replicas made by Trumbull from his life portrait of Thomas Jefferson, which he had painted directly into the small Declaration of Independence (Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven). "[This miniature painting was in the possession of Maria Cosway.] On her death in 1838 many of her possessions became the property of [a school she had founded in Italy in 1812]. It was lent to the National Gallery of Art for its bicentennial exhibition, 'The Eye of Thomas Jefferson,' and at the close of the exhibition, it was . . . presented to the White House as a gift to the American people from the government of Italy."

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 62
People: Jefferson, Thomas   
Categories: White House Art Collection, Images of Presidents  
Type: portraits   
whitehousehistory.org:

A brief biography of President Thomas Jefferson, illustrated with a portrait by Rembrandt Peale.

Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 25
Date (chronological sort): 1788