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a little present for someone i know :3 : Thomas and Martha Jefferson

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so now, a little bit of history and about this couple :) :

Throughout their almost eleven-year marriage, the Jeffersons appeared to have been deeply devoted to each other, sharing common passion for music, literature and a mutual suport.
On 1782, Ms. Jefferson’s health took a turn to the worse, and Martha died on September 6, a few months after the birth of her last child. Jefferson was so distraught, he did not remarry and remained a widower for the rest of his life, as he promised to his wife.
He was inconsolable in his loss and “was led from the room almost in a state of insensibility by his sister Mrs. Carr, who, with great difficulty, got him into his library where he fainted, and remained so long insensible that they feared he would never revive.” After the funeral, he withdrew to his room for three weeks. Afterward he spent hours riding horseback alone around Monticello. His daughter Martha wrote, “In those melancholy rambles I was his constant companion, a solitary witness to many a violent burst of grief.”
Not until mid-October did Jefferson begin to resume a normal life when he wrote, “emerging from that stupor of mind which had rendered me as dead to the world as was she whose loss occasioned it.”(…)“All my plans of comfort and happiness were reversed by a single event…”
He carried a folded piece of paper with her handwriting with him the rest of his life along with a lock of her hair.


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:iconlittlepiechan:
LittlePieChan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My birthday is September 6 .__. Now I'm sad..
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rainyskyes4ever Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
you should write about dispite the love he bared for martha how only one other woman could heal his pain... sally hemmings
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
well, i don't romanticized his relationship with Sally at all.
it started when she was what? 14 years old? and he probably raped her... so
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WingedWolf1202 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Didn't Thomas Jefferson do a little canoodling with Sally Hemings though? So much for that promise!
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
he did. yeard after his wife died. more or less 6 years after, if i remember?
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:iconvocaloidaddict:
vocaloidaddict Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god i
beautiful art
excuse me i must go cry in the corner now
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:iconnktio:
nktio Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
I love your drawings so, so much...
This particular couple reminds me of two of my own characters, so I'm personally attached to them...
You inspire me. THANK YOU.
<3
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:iconndlevett:
NDLevett Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work^^
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:iconleocat777:
leocat777 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
my favy president! and nice history lesson X3
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:iconreilune:
Reilune Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconellyvia:
Ellyvia Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
This is really interesting... Your stories in pictures about this couple. Considering I live right outside Thomas' Poplar Forest... :)
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
oh really? lucky you! how i wish i could visit Virginia and particularly Monticello :)
and thank you!
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LunaNoctis Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013   General Artist
Wow I'm horrible with history and had no idea Thomas Jefferson went through that. Kinda made my eyes water :(
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docarroyo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding work. When does the book come out?
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
LOL when someone will write beautiful words to go with it :D
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docarroyo Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a historical coloring book in the 90% stage. It originally was to be a team effort, but I could never get the team working in the same direction. I finally started an outline, so I had an idea of the drawings needed. The team basically told me the outline was the right words.

Don't sell your words short. Your descriptions are great. You may already know the writer...look in the mirror.
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
a lot of my descrioption comes from internet, not from me. i'm french and my english is terrible... maybe in french then? :)
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docarroyo Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Write in your native langauge from the heart. Once you are happy with the feelings of the words, you can get help with any translation you need.
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nekodemonstar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is a beautiful illustration, and I will re-frame from butting the rest of history's ugly head into it lol
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:iconyaegiri:
Yaegiri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful but ... you only speak of her death. Why aren't you remembering they're lifetime together?
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
because we know so little about them, except that they were very happy.
Thomas destroyed everything after her death so... it's very difficult to know in fact :)
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:iconyaegiri:
Yaegiri Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh! I just thought you didn't noticed it xD Sorry!
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:icondarkangelnami:
DarkAngelNami Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
;-; Beautiful
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CrazyHobbitGirl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Very well done, I've always loved crosshatching; but I just haven't gotten the hang of it yet. So, Go you!
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girl23455 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
awww they look so happy together
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girl23455 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
awww they look so cute together looks like he really loves her
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SweetAsSunday Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Their love story is probably my favorite of all time even though its tragic
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
i know right?! omg i love these two
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SweetAsSunday Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Keep drawing them! I love it and your work and obsession with their story, it's rubbing off on me lol
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yourmom10 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Lovely piece.
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XxBlackTypewriterxX Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ok, he is my absolute favorite historical figure! I absolutely love this!
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:iconqydra:
Qydra Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite historical figures.
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:iconluanna255:
Luanna255 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
*sobs* Oh my gosh, this is so emotional and beautiful.
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Talho-san Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*_*
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Hazelbe Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
That is such a sad story. I love how you portrayed the love and support between them. I could just cry. I hope to find someone like Jefferson and to live married life just as good. Even if it is short lived, it's still very sweet and meaningful. :heart:
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muffla Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
just noticed that Martha and Thomas are also the name of Bruce Wayne's parents.
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
YEP i noticed too recently and i was like "OMG! DID THEY DO IT ON PURPOSE?" :D
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:iconfreedomafterlife:
freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely gorgeous! The lighting is stunning and their position is so intimate...I'm speechless :clap:
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scruffyreader7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
That is adorable: story and poses. And of course, the piece is stunning!
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:iconnayezka:
Nayezka Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
The story is so sad... I already knew it, but still makes me sad. Besides, I really love your work, is so expresive this one!!!
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:iconperidot-magelette:
peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Awwwww. That is so sweet and so sad. I love when art is informative, and this is beautiful as well.
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Just-Call-Me-Alex Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Artist
You know, whenever I think of these two I can't help but think of the 1776 musical motion picture with William Daniels and Howard Da Silva.
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
OMG I LOVE THIS MOVIE :)
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VikingMongolGirl Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Oh my god, this is beautiful. You can see the love radiating out of them and you don't even see their faces. I thought you were from France(I could be totally wrong on that) what led you to the Jefferson's?
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nami64 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
i watched the mini-serie John Adams by HBO, and Thomas Jefferson was perfectly portrayed by Stephen Dillane, he very intrigued me :) so i wanted to learn more about him because there, in France, we don't learn a lot about America's history (we have already enough with ours LOL)
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VikingMongolGirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I;ve seen parts of that series and you're right, it is amazing. and, we don't really learn much about America's history in our school's unless you choose that time period in college. And even then, it is often overlooked because it is badly taught in grade and secondary schools. Thanks for replying
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disturbingcalamity Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This is kinda disturbing and romantic.
It's incredible though, that someone could love someone so much.
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