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The Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Exhibition

April 13 – May 16, 1943
Ground Floor, Central Gallery

Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Jefferson, c. 1821, oil on wood, Gift of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge IV in memory of his great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, his grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge II, and his father, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge III, 1986.71.1

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: On view were 13 portraits and a life mask of Thomas Jefferson, executed from 1786 to 1826. In addition, 20 portraits of his friends and contemporaries were shown, as well as architectural drawings by Jefferson and photographs of buildings he had designed. Also included were a set of portraits of the first 5 presidents by Gilbert Stuart. The collection had belonged to the T. Jefferson Coolidge family and was subsequently acquired by the Gallery. The exhibition commemorated the 200th anniversary of Jefferson's birth.

Catalog: The Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial Exhibition 1743-1943. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1943.