Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Samuel Kennedy, [11 March 1801]

From Samuel Kennedy

[11 Mch. 1801]

Honorable Sir

The artist & subscriber presumes to lay before you a Print to the Immortality of George Washington, for your Patronage; representing this Citizen ascending on light clouds from Mt. Vernon; on his Dexter hand are Portraits of the Heroes Warren, & Montgomery, taken from Trumbulls Paintings;—

In submitting this Print to your Protection, I must avail myself of this opportunity of wishing every Happiness to the worthy Chief Magistrate of America, & a series of good fortune to His Administration. I have the Honor to be Your Excellencies Ob Servt.

Saml. Kennedy

RC (DLC); undated; at head of text: “To His Excellency Thomas Jefferson President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 Mch. and so recorded in SJL.


In 1800, Samuel Kennedy of Philadelphia published a print from a stipple engraving by David Edwin after Rembrandt Peale’s Apotheosis of Washington. Advertised in the 20 Dec. 1800 issue of the Temple of Reason, the “elegant engraving” included a full-length portrait of Washington, “the Soldier, the Statesman, the Husband and the Friend.” He was flanked on one side by “a figure of Cupid, suspended in the air, attentively admiring Washington” and on the other by the Revolutionary War heroes Joseph Warren and Richard Montgomery, taken from their portraits in paintings by John Trumbull, The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill and The Death of General Montgomery in the Attack on Quebec (Harold Holzer, Washington and Lincoln Portrayed: National Icons in Popular Prints [Jefferson, N.C., 1993], 33, 35; ANB description begins John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes, eds., American National Biography, New York and Oxford, 1999, 24 vols. description ends , s.v. “Trumbull”).

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