"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Thomas Jefferson

This c. 1821 portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Gilbert Stuart hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Stuart painted the third president from life three times during his administration of 1801 to 1809. This Gibbs-Coolidge rendition was most likely based on other pictures Stuart had painted from life that where either in his possession or accessible to him. -- NGA
The  Gibbs-Coolidge set of paintings were given to the National Gallery of Art by Thomas Jefferson Coolidge IV in 1979 “in memory of his great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, his grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge II, and his father, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III.”

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