Martha Jefferson Carr (Silhouette)

Martha Jefferson Carr. Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.Artist/Maker: Unknown[1]

Created: after 1782

Origin/Purchase: Probably Monticello

Materials: paper

Dimensions: 7 x 3.8 (2 3/4 x 1 1/2 in.)

Location: South Square Room

Provenance: Thomas Jefferson; by descent to Virginia and Nicholas Trist; by descent to Charles, James, and John Eddy; by gift to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation in 1962

Accession Number: 1962-1-35

Historical Notes: In 1765 Jefferson's older sister Martha married his closest childhood friend, Dabney Carr. After Carr's premature death in 1773, Jefferson acted as a father to his six children and directed the education of Peter, the eldest. "Aunt Carr" was an important presence following the death of Jefferson's wife in 1782, and she helped take care of Monticello while her brother served in France between 1784 and 1789.1 She was described as "a gifted woman, and every way worthy of her husband; and their married life was one of peculiar felicity."[2]

Footnotes

  1. This article is based on Stein, Worlds, 209.
  2. Randall, Life, 1:83.

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