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“Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural and Landscape Aesthetics: Sources and Meaning” – Part 3

By: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History From these books along with travel Jefferson learned about architecture and the type he preferred was controlled by rules that included geometry, symmetry, balance, composition and proportion. The five orders: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite were the controlling element and from them and […]

“Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural and Landscape Aesthetics: Sources and Meaning” – Part 2

By: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History Jefferson’s knowledge of architecture came from a variety of different sources since schools of architecture did not exist in North America. The major way he learned came through books, travel and observation, and construction. The architect’s role in Jefferson’s time lay not just as […]

Jefferson in England

By: Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor and Chair, Department of Architectural History Thomas Jefferson visited England three times: July 25-31, 1784, March 11-April 28 1786, and October 8-22, 1789. In addition to this first-hand knowledge, his large architectural library contained a substantial number of English architectural books. A book that Jefferson greatly valued, The Architecture of […]

Thomas Jefferson and George III

by Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello) On September 14, 2004, Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy, the Saunders Director of Monticello’s Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, presented a talk on King George III’s role in the American Revolution and Jefferson’s view of his former sovereign. This talk was […]

The Changing Face of War

COMMENTARY by Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello) This is a commentary on the following book entry:   “American War of Independence (1775-1783)” by Stephen Conway (UCL) Stephen Conway is a leading British historian of the American Revolution. He is an appropriate successor to his former supervisor I.R. Christie at […]