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The Jefferson Presidency Images

A Presidential Portrait

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1805.

Controversial Lineage

Descendents of Sally Hemings and, most probably, Thomas Jefferson gather at Monticello in 1999.

The Chief Justice

John Marshall by William James Hubbard, 1834.

Recording History for Posterity

The north wing of the new United States Capitol engraved by William Birch in 1800.

Deadly Weapons

The pistols used by Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in their 1804 duel.

The Turtle Impression Fails Miserably

Jefferson's embargo of 1807 was labeled a "terrapin policy"—one that would "shut up the nation in its own shell." In this cartoon, the embargo's repeal in 1809 is graphically celebrated.

Our Animals are Bigger

"Disinterment of the Mastodon" at Newburgh, New York painted by Charles Willson Peale, 1805-1808. Jefferson followed this project closely as it offered further evidence to refute de Buffon, who had theorized that the American environment was "deficient" and produced animals and plants inferior in size and virility to those of Europe.

Quite A Place to Hang Your Hat

Jefferson's mountaintop home, Monticello, painted by Jane Pitford Braddick Peticolas, ca. 1827.


Maria Cosway, the young woman with whom Jefferson became infatuated. This engraving by Francesco Bartolozzi, after a painting by Maria's husband, Richard Cosway, hangs in the parlor at Monticello.

The Rumors Abound

A cartoon by James Akins (c.1804) portraying Jefferson as a "philosophic cock" courting a hen with a dark complexion and a slave's headdress.

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