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Only Connect - Thomas Jefferson <> Richard Cosway

How are these sitters connected?

Thomas Jefferson
probably by William Holl Sr, after Bouch
19th century
NPG D13763

Richard Cosway
after Richard Cosway
based on a work of circa 1790
NPG 1678

The connection
In 1790, Thomas Jefferson, wrote to Richard Cosway: ‘They tell me que vous allez fair un enfant … This will wean you from your harp and your pencil.’

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