School Lessons in the South Square Room


© Thomas Jefferson Foundation; G. B. McIntosh, artist


The South Square Room at Monticello was used as a family sitting room as well as a classroom for Jefferson's grandchildren.

People in the picture: 

  • Martha Jefferson Randolph, standing
  • Virginia Jefferson Randolph, age 11, sitting and reading a book.
  • Meriwether Lewis Randolph, age 2, toddler
  • Benjamin Franklin Randolph, age 4, kneeling.
  • Ellen Wayles Randolph, age 16, standing and holding yarn and knitting needles.
  • Cornelia Jefferson Randolph, age 13, painting
  • Israel Gillette, age 12, enslaved child holding firewood.

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