4th U.S. President and Father of the Constitution, James Madison sits in his drawing room at Montpelier, Orange County, Virginia.
James Madison was known for dressing in black. His trusted slave, Paul Jennings stated, “I have heard Mr. Madison say, that when he went to school, he cut his own wood for exercise. He often did it also when at his farm in Virginia. He was very neat, but never extravagant, in his clothes. He always dressed wholly in black — coat, breeches, and silk stockings, with buckles in his shoes and breeches. He never had but one suit at a time. He had some poor relatives that he had to help, and wished to set them an example of economy in the matter of dress. He was very fond of horses, and an excellent judge of them, and no jockey ever cheated him. He never had less than seven horses in his Washington stables while President.”1
Today I snapped this candid photo of James Madison sitting in his drawing room at Montpelier. It was a rare occasion to see him dressed a little spiffier. This was all Dolley’s doing as she was tired of seeing him dressed in black. Dolley added a little extra color to her little husband by tying his queue in a red ribbon.
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The Life Mask Face of James Madison – A Photoshop Restoration Part II
Examining James Madison’s True Likeness
This post is part III in the series of James Madison life mask posts. For more history, see What Did The Founding Fathers Look Like? – James Madison and The Life Mask Face of James Madison – A Photoshop Restoration.
In this post we now get to see a side profile of James Madison from his life mask. The life mask was cast in 1825 of Madison’s head and upper torso by John Henri Isaac Browere.
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James Madison fought for religious liberty. Dolley Madison fought for political civility. Both fought for each other
See some of my James and Dolley Madison image compositions in the latest video trailer, Dolley and James Madison – An Unlikely Love Story that Saved America by Rodney K. Smith from Audiobook Trailers.
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The Lost Daguerreotype Photographs of James and Dolley Madison
Lost to history and now found….. A very rare glimpse of Daguerreotype photographs by Matthew Brady of James Madison with his beloved Dolley Madison.
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The Life Mask Face of James Madison – A Photoshop Restoration
What did James Madison Look Like?
This post is part II and somewhat a repeat of What Did The Founding Fathers Look Like? – James Madison. However, unlike my first post, I now have higher quality images to work with, thanks to the Fenimore Art Museum. I will be adding side views of Madison’s face to this post in the future.
No photographs of Madison exist, but we do have his life mask showing his exact likeness, wrinkles and all. I’m sure the War of 1812 attributed to quite a few of those wrinkles.
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The Real James Madison
With so many variations among paintings, one wonders just what did the Founding Fathers of the United States really look like. When creating my graphic novel about founding father and 4th president James Madison I wanted to have an accurate portrayal of Madison for my book. No photographs of Madison exist, but we do have his life mask showing his exact likeness.
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The Tour of Montpelier with James and Dolley Madison
December 2018, my friend Dave and I visited Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia. The trip was enjoyable, but at that time Montpelier allowed no photos of the interior of the mansion. This was very disappointing.
We returned to Montpelier in June of 2019 after finding out we could now photograph the inside of the home. By this time, I was well into my science fiction graphic novel project about Madison. This visit allowed me to capture some lovely interior background photos for my project.
This post focuses on the interior of Montpelier. I’ve added a little extra flavor by adding James and Dolley with dialogue to some of the photos as if we had visited them. I Photoshopped “modernity” background items out of some of the images, i.e., security cameras, air vents, perimeter roping, etc. to make it look more like Madison’s time. Click on the “Before” image links to see the original photos.
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President James Madison – There’s UFOs over Montpelier
“Everybody’s flying and never touch the sky
There’s UFO’s over New York and I ain’t too surprised
Nobody told me there’d be days like these” – John Lennon
Well, maybe not over New York Mr. Lennon but certainly aliens are visiting Montpelier, the plantation home of James Madison in Orange County, Virginia, USA.
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