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Le Dejeune de Ferney (Engraving)

Le Dejuene de Ferney. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.Artist/Maker: Denis Nee (1732-1818) and Louis Masquelier (1741-1811), engravers, after Baron Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825)[1]

Created: 1775

Origin/Purchase: France

Materials: engraving

Dimensions: 14.3 x 18.1 (5 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

Location: South Square Room

Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by gift to Joseph Coolidge; by descent to Ellen Coolidge Dwight; by gift to Martha Jefferson Trist Burke; by descent to Ellen Coolidge Burke Eddy; by descent to James Eddy; by purchase to Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1963

Accession Number: 1963-19-2

Historical Notes: According to family tradition, Jefferson presented this engraving to his grandson-in-law Joseph Coolidge on the occasion of his marriage to Ellen Randolph in 1825. The image shows Voltaire having lunch at his summer home in Ferney, France. Jefferson, a great admirer of Voltaire's writing, returned from France with this print and Jean-Antione Houdon's bust of the writer. the frame for this work has traditionally been attributed to the Monticello slave cabinetmaker John Hemings.[2]


  1. This article is based on Stein, Worlds, 177.
  2. James A. Bear, "Curator's Annual Report, 1963," (Charlottesville: Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, 1964), 12-13.


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