“Thomas Jefferson & James Madison at Monticello ”
4×6 premium matte postcard of Thomas Jefferson & James Madison at Monticello Postcard based upon life masks cast in plaster by sculptor John Henri Isaac Browere in 1825.
Today, we are so familiar with candid photographs thanks to the proliferation of inexpensive digital cameras (we carry one everywhere we go in our smart phones), we forget that was not always the case. In early American history the only method of capturing the likeness of our founding fathers was predominately through the portraiture artists’ work. These tend to be formal and stiff. Thus, we have no visual clue what these historical figures looked like in less formal – candid circumstances.
That is until now! Now, through the magic of Adobe Photoshop, we can capture them in candid poses limited only by the imagination. In this candid photograph of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson at Jefferson’s home Monticello we find the two former presidents of the United States conferring on the lawn. Judging from their attire, all decked out in top hats, we assume they have just stepped out of a formal engagement for a private discussion. However, we are left to wonder what great political intrigue they must be discussing.
We snapped this photo of the “Sage of Monticello,” and the “Great Little Madison” capturing a once in lifetime moment.
About Life Masks:
Before photography, life masks were the best way to give us an exact likeness of their subject. Plaster would be applied to the head and sometimes upper torso to create a mold from which a life mask (cast bust) of the person would be created. In addition to being three-dimensional, the faithful transfer process of the life mask creation eliminated the “artistic license” and “sympathetic treatment” employed by many contemporary portrait artists. Thus, using life masks, I am able to complete a forensic/academic study of how the subjects most likely appeared using Adobe Photoshop to add flesh, hair, and other details.
James Madison said of his life mask, “Per request of Mr. Browere, busts of myself and of my wife, regarded as exact likenesses, have been executed by him in plaister, being casts made from the moulds formed on our persons, of which this certificate is given under my hand at Montpelier, 19, October, 1825.”
J. I. Browere’s made life masks of many famous early Americans, Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Dolley Madison and James Madison to name a few.
About your Postcard:
Postcards are 4×6 premium matte.
Cards come as a single card, pack of 10, pack of 25, pack of 50 or single card mailed with stamp, signed and a written message from me.
Actual card contains NO watermark.
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