Jefferson's Courthouse Plan

Description: Traditionally identified as the Buckingham County Courthouse, Virginia
Date: 1821?
Medium: Ink
Support: Laid engraved coordinate paper (Paper BD)
Dimensions: 29.3 cm x 21.9 cm (11-9/16" x 8-5/8") -- measured: JH 11JAN
Condition: Silk encapsulated, minor ink stains & smudges in center section, slight foxing, assorted light stain spots scattered throughout sheet.
Author: Jefferson
Owner: MHi
Classification: N-23 , K-214 , MHS
Publication History:
Author: Kimball
Title: Thomas Jefferson Architect
Date: 1916
Author: Nichols
Title: Jefferson's Architectural Drawings
Date: 1984
Author: Peters
Title: Virginia's Historic Courthouses
Date: 1995
Author: Hughes
Title: ARRIS
Date: 1992
Note: "The Charlotte County Corthouse: Attribution and Misattribution in Jefferson Studies" 8-18

Commentary: Kimball originally identified Jefferson's drawing as the 1821 plan for the Buckingham County Courthouse. Nichols agreed with that assessment. Hughes, however, argues that Jefferson's drawing is the plan for the Charlotte County Courthouse. (SAB)


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