Roberth H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
During his long career, Thomas Jefferson’s image shifted from cosmopolitan intellectual to man of the people. As president he kept friends and foes guessing, appearing unpredictably in old, worn, and out-of-date clothing or just as easily playing the polished gentleman in a black suit.
Was Jefferson fashioning his public persona to promote his political agenda? Was he branding his own image with his use of clothing, portraiture, and even architecture? Gaye Wilson provides valuable new insights via this different perspective of a perplexing founder.
Gaye Wilson, PhD., is Shannon Senior Historian at Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. Author of numerous essays, papers and articles, she has presented many public lectures on a wide variety of Jeffersonian topics. Wilson’s ongoing research focusses on the public image created by the political Jefferson, and what it tells us about this controversial early American leader.