This is Thomas Jefferson and his main squeeze Martha Wayles circa 1769. This is way before they became revolutionaries, and even before TJ invented freedom for America. He is of course widely regarded as the most boss of the founding fathers and Martha is held to be the chillest of the 19th century First Ladies.
Nice picture... but they weren't married until 1772 and she unfortunately passed before she could become first lady, but she probably would have been a great one from what I've heard.
Plus, they did not marry till 1772, and though they knew one another, weren't close till he began courting her in 1770
Martha Wayles was never First Lady. She died in 1782, long before he was president. They were absolutely devoted to one another and many noted of their PDA, highly inappropriate at the time. Martha Jefferson Randolph their eldest child served as her Father's First Lady, and had a very rough life. Having to become mistress of Monticello at 10 after her mother's death and married to a drunk (they seperated for a time). So yes she was on of the chilliest First Ladies, but she was not his wife.
Wow how perfect, I just love how snobbish these two look here! Fantastic work, its so delightful to find quality artwork of historical figures, especially from America's foundation so thank you so very much!
Thanks! Thomas Jefferson is a personal hero of mine (probably has something to do with the similarity in name). He was such an interesting and complex figure of history with some very unique ideas about how America's future would be created. I'm glad to pay a little tribute to him in art form.
I like it, but wouldn't Jefferson's hair have been red in 1769?