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Thomas and Martha by nami64 Thomas and Martha by nami64

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

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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media: hands, photoshop, piece of paper
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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!
nami64 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
he did. yeard after his wife died. more or less 6 years after, if i remember?
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
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.
NDLevett Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work^^
leocat777 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
my favy president! and nice history lesson X3
Jessica-Lorraine-Z Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
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... :)
nami64 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
oh really? lucky you! how i wish i could visit Virginia and particularly Monticello :)
and thank you!
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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