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This print resulted from a friendship that developed in 1798 between Thomas Jefferson and Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish-born patriot who had fought in the American Revolution. General Kosciuszko returned to the United States in 1797. An amateur artist trained in topographical drawing, he persuaded Jefferson to sit for a profile likeness. Kosciuszko took his now-lost watercolor portrait to Paris, where it was engraved by the Polish nobleman Michel Sokolnicki. Jefferson received four copies of the print from Kosciuszko and gave some of them away to family and friends, including James Madison.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Michel Sokolnicki, 1760 - 1816
Copy after
Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 12 Feb 1746 - 15 Oct 1817
Thomas Jefferson, 13 Apr 1743 - 4 Jul 1826
Color aquatint on paper
Image: 24.7 x 20.6 cm (9 3/4 x 8 1/8")
Sheet: 26.7 x 22.2 cm (10 1/2 x 8 3/4")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
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National Portrait Gallery
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