Jefferson, Thomas Portrait by Mather Brown Art Print

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SKU: 61 famous people

An archival premium Quality art Print of the Thomas Jefferson Portrait by Mather Brown for sale by Brandywine General Store. The artist finished this oil on canvas in the year 1786 in London, England, making this the earliest known portrait of Thomas Jefferson. Mather Brown went to England to study art and became one of the prize pupils of American Artist, Benjamin West. A lot of promising art students studied under West but most moved back to the United States, Brown stayed in England for the entirety of his career. John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States, was a patron of this artist. While Thomas Jefferson was in tenure as the American Minister to France, John Adams talked Thomas Jefferson into setting for this portrait by the promising artist. A thoughtful Jefferson is shown with a statue of the Goddess of Liberty. Thomas Jefferson paid the artist 10 pounds or 25.00 for his portrait and paid another 6 Guineas for a copy to present to Mr. Adams, showing the strong friendship between the two men, who later turned out to be our 2nd and 3rd Presidents. This painting is the copy that was given to John Adams, Jefferson apparently left his original portrait in France and it has been lost to History. Famous People art print #61

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