James Madison Papers

To James Madison from David Boudon, 18 February 1811 (Abstract)

§ From David Boudon1

18 February 1811, Georgetown. Offers his services as a teacher of drawing for the military academy in Washington proposed in JM’s message to Congress. Mentions that he has had the honor to know JM, lists his credentials, and gives his reasons for seeking the post. In a postscript mentions that the previous summer he had shown Dolley Madison part of his collection of paintings by old masters and adds that he also owns a Holy Family by Michelangelo da Caravaggio, which he was obliged to cut in order to put it in his trunk for fear that, if rolled up, the colors would shred as paint on a too brittle canvas.

RC (DLC). 2 pp. In French. Docketed by JM.

1David Boudon was a Swiss-born miniaturist who had resided in Philadelphia in 1797. By 1816 he had moved to Chillicothe, Ohio (George C. Groce and David H. Wallace, eds., The New-York Historical Society’s Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564–1860 [New Haven, 1957], p. 68).

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