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.