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bury my heart at Monticello by nami64 bury my heart at Monticello by nami64
september 6, 1782 | death of Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson
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“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.

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:icontiggidou:
Tiggidou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Poor mr. jefferson... :(
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Idonian Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015
If he destroyed all portraits of her, how do we know what she looks like? Wonderful art, by the way! :D
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Tiggidou Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
advice: google her portrait.
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:iconidonian:
Idonian Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
Well she lived before google, so something of her would have to have survived for it for make it onto the internet. :P
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Tiggidou Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
 love her portrait. Have you seen it yet? 
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:iconidonian:
Idonian Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Yeah, it's really pretty. :) How did it survive?
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Bella-Dolyna Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These two... :'( Still, the way you pictured the gentle light on them is just perfect! 
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PersephoneVanessaMar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional Writer
This drawing this drawing is amazing, totally sentimental !! Transmits so much emotion !! I love it!!
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Eyes-of-Inferno Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
:( aww that's just terrible, but a great piece of emotion you captured here
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LionGoldStar Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
his love for her was so passionate!!
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meggyville2009 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist
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.

Love your work on this couple, is amazing!
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Sweet but very, very sad. A very beautiful piece.

:+fav:
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Haineko14 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why am I torturing myself with this? This is so sad!
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VirginiaPK Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Tus personajes tienen vida!
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:iconwrathofpeace:
WRATHofPEACE Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
This is so sad!
Who the hell are these people?!
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
they are Martha and Thomas Jefferson :)
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:iconbellberrystar:
bellberrystar Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
History is just life that happened some time ago.
This story is a beautiful piece of life.
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a-wonderful-sparrow Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
This is gorgeous. The lighting's fantastic
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
merci :)
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Madam-Victoria Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow.....I'm in tears......It's just so effing sad.....I . Love it.
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Gikkman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I've watched several of your drawings of Martha and Thomas and I just have to say that they are gorgeous. But I'm going to have to stop now or I'll start sobbing here...
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Cattarb Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your drawing style c:
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LyricaRay Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   Digital Artist
I really like the contrast of this piece
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconcryforeverplz:
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:iconnami64:
nami64 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
there there
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:cling:

BTW, I must say, thank you for drawing such beautiful art about my country's history. :thanks: Few Americans know the story about Jefferson and his wife, let alone people from other countries. So thank you. :hug:
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nami64 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
oh no problem! i'm so in love with this so underated and unknow tragic lovestory :)
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X-I-L2048 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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Shizuru-Minamino Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
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.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
how i wish i have a tardis!!! no, i think that they are both looking at me saying "WHAT THE F**K SHE IS DRAWING ABOUT US?!!" LOL :D
anyway, thank you very much for this lovely comment
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WesleyBlakeReese Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Ah! I was about to cry and you made me laugh XD

TARDIS!!!! XD
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lunatique005 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
im crying. god
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esnym Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Digital Artist
That. Is so. Sad.

;__;
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh by the way, what has gotten you into Thomas Jefferson so recently? Maybe you have always admired him but this month appears to be the first outpouring of all that love :iconiluplz:
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nami64 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
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
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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!

Yay I can't wait, keep em coming ;D
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Linstock Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Gorgeous use of light.
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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.
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Silently-beyond-hope Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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.
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nami64 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
thank you very much : their love story is indeed heartbraking
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Kyuubi-kunX3 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
so heartbreaking sad :(
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girl23455 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Artist
aww what a faitful husband
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girl23455 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
awww what a sad but sweet picture they really loved each other aww tom's head is on her chest
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girl23455 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
awww what a sad but sweet picture they really loved each other aww tom's head is on her chest
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Beauty-Of-The-Night Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Wow that is beautiful.
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Kiremoonchild Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY FREAKING GOD! There is soooooooooooo much damn FEELING to this picture its making me was to cry. not that i know who martha and Tom are, but NAWWW! well done! OMG!
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getdownvik Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
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 ;____;
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nami64 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
they are Martha and Thomas Jefferson. I just... have a lot of feels about them :)
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getdownvik Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
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 :heart:
cheers! ^__^
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Flossyraptor Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Artist
no words can tell you how amazing this is... FAVE
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