september 6, 1782 | death of Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson -
“For four months that she lingered, he was never out of calling; when not at her bedside, he was writing in a small room which opened immediately at the head of her bed.” When she died, Thomas Jefferson’s grief was so violent, he withdrew to his room for three weeks and destroyed any reminders of her; no portrait still exists and just four documents of her writings survived -he carried one of them with him the rest of his life along with a lock of her hair-. He did not mention Martha’s name to anyone again and never married again.
- linearts: [link] (i prefer this version) media: my hands, piece of paper, photoshop
Reminds me a poem I wrote for literature class years ago. One passage floats through my head when I gaze at this: And he whom I love with all my heart and spirit, pray place your head to me and count the beats until the end. For every count is another admission of devotion, every second cherished and shant come again in this lifetime.
It's like their both up in Heaven showing you, and only you what to draw of them. Thomas is telling you what it was like and Martha's giving you a vivid description of all that happened while they were together. Or somehow you've acquired a Tardis, like the one from "Doctor Who" and you're using it to travel from the 21st century to the 18th and back. Anyway, these drawings are awesome.
to be honest, we don't study a lot american history there, in France (we already enough with our own LOL) so i knew so little about american revolution and their figures. but very recently i watched the miniserie 'John Adams' by HBO and it was fantastic! it was of course mainly about John Adams and his wife (and their beautiful love story too ) but Thomas Jefferson was in a few scenes and i was immediatly fascinated by him. so i wanted to learn more... and i discovered this tragic and amazing love story with his Martha! i'm very inspired by them. and i'm just about to post another drawing in my scrapbook section. once again LOL
I would assume not, especially since that is not your country. But you know, France played a huge role in our revolution which in turn inspired France's. Oh and have you heard of the Maris de Lafayette? If not, oh boy, I know you would love him too!
But on the miniseries, I had heard really good things about it! Even very famous actors were in it & so many people like it, I'll have to try & find a dvd. I'm so glad you found out more about Thomas that way!
Perfect lighting and agony...the mood of deep sorrow and enduring love is so evident. The background, with that stream of light illuminating this tragic scene is designed as it should be, setting it apart in time.
I absolutely love the way you have portrayed these two. It's such a beautiful and sad tale but you've really brought it to life and I find myself immensely sad everytime I see this piece and read your description. Fantastic job, one of my ultimate favorites.
Hey who is this couple? Book character, some other fictional thing or a history couple? I mean, looking at those strongly emotional pieces of great artwork you did, and reading the author's comments I can't help but feel emotional, heartbroken, teary-eyed, and curious ;____;
Oh, right, sorry, I just couldn't believe it could've been the THE Jeffersons. I thought that maybe there was some fantastic novel about THEM or them-alike that I didn't know of. It just didn't occur to me, up until I went and started checking out wikipedia, that such a fantastic story could be a real life story xD That's just showing my dumbness out of lack of interest to history haha Anyway, thumbs up to you!! Keep doing the great work, and I mean it, cuz there haven't been many things lately that got me as emotional as your artwork did, so yeah cheers! ^__^
he didn't marry this woman. she was his mistress (and his slave too). but if you read about him, you will see that he never recovered from his wife death (his mistress was her half-sister in fact and she looked a lot like Martha... which is quiet creepy but sad at the same time )