Oil on canvas; 90.2 x 69.9cm (35 1/2 x 27 1/2"). National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian), Washington, DC.
George Washington, 1785
In both his public and private lives, Jefferson wrote in order to structure his own life, and to try to bring into existence the world as he wished it to be. By putting things down on paper, it would be so — if all the relevant parties made the right effort.