Thomas Jefferson Papers

William J. Coffee’s Estimate for Varnishing Thomas Jefferson’s Paintings, 16 March 1820

William J. Coffee’s Estimate for Varnishing Thomas Jefferson’s Paintings

On looking over Mr Jefferson Paintings I find som of them will want much doing to and som not so much except that all must be well Varnished, I think they will take in time fifty days

I Value My1 time when I am employed at five Dollars pr day, but in the case of Mr Jeffersons Pictures I Shall Say three Dollars pr day.

There are I think fifty Paintings and therefore the expencs can easily be Computed, the rest must be Left to Mr Jefferson

W. J. Coffee

NB. Mr: Jefferson

would have to find about 3 Pints good Varnish

two Quarts good Linseed Oil

One Quart of S/t turpentine

MS (DLC); in Coffee’s hand; endorsed by TJ: “Coffee Wm J. Mar. 16. 1820.”

s/t: “spirit.”

1Manuscript: “ny My.”

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  • Coffee, William John; and painting conservation search
  • Coffee, William John; Estimate for Varnishing TJ’s Paintings search
  • Coffee, William John; visits Monticello search
  • household articles; linseed oil search
  • household articles; turpentine search
  • household articles; varnish search
  • linseed oil search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); portraits and paintings at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Coffee, William J. search
  • oil; linseed search
  • oil; turpentine search
  • paintings; at Monticello search
  • paintings; conservation of search
  • turpentine; and painting conservation search
  • varnish search