Breakfast with the Madisons


copyright: Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.; watercolor by G. B. McIntosh


Artist G.B. McIntosh imagines breakfast at Monticello with James and Dolley Madison as guests. Seen in the picture are: enslaved child Israel Gillette, age 12 carrying in food; Thomas Jefferson; President Madison seated to Jefferson's left; Dolly Madison seated next to her husband; Benjamin Franklin Randolph, age 4; enslaved butler Burwell Colbert carrying a platter of muffins; Ellen Wayles Randolph, age 16; Martha Jefferson Randolph seated at the end of the table; James Madison Randolph, age 6; Mary Jefferson Randolph, age 9; Virginia Jefferson Randolph, age 11; and seated next to her grandfather, Cornelia Jefferson Randolph, age 13.

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