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The Life Portraits of Thomas Jefferson

William B. Bean, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1963;111(4):531-532. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03620280131032.
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The Princeton University Press seems to have gone into a long diastolic pause, so long that one wonders if asystole has occurred in the production of the monumental series, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, the definitive collection of his letters, correspondence, and writings; for no new volume has appeared in the last few years. Therefore it is a welcome refreshment to have Thomas Jefferson's presence brought so luminously to our attention in Alfred L. Bush's elegantly annotated catalogue of an exhibition at the University of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, April 12-26, 1962. The catalogue, a model of iconography, was published under the auspices of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Charlottesville, Va.

Iconographic studies, if the subject has been depicted a number of times and particularly in different media and by various and sundry artists, may give a new dimension to our understanding and certainly to our appreciation of the


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