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Mather Brown's portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Mather Brown's portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Mather Brown's portrait of Thomas Jefferson

Portraits of Thomas Jefferson that reveal changes in his approach to fashionable dress include the very formal one by Mather Brown, shown here, during the Virginian’s service as American minister to France. Clothed in a very dark blue coat, with what is apparently a cross-ribbed silk waistcoat of white, embellished with a crimped silk double pleated jabot, the minister’s hair is dressed and powdered.

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