Topic: Architecture

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Portrait of John Locke

John Locke (1632-1704) was an English philosopher and political theorist. His Enlightenment theories greatly influenced Thomas Jefferson and his writing of the Declaration of Independence. Locke’s portrait is...
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Rules for Drawing Architecture

Imported architectural manuals, such as James Gibbs’s Rules for Drawing the Several Parts of Architecture, helped wealthy colonists to build houses in the European style they so admired....
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Schoolhouse at Tuckahoe

This photograph shows the Tuckahoe plantation one-room schoolhouse where Jefferson began his formal education. His family lived at Tuckahoe between 1746 and 1751 because his father, Peter, was...
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St. Paul’s Church

This drawing by the American architect Robert Mills depicts St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lower Manhattan. British generals worshipped here when they occupied New York City during the...
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State House

This image of the Philadelphia State House shows the building when it was the meeting place for the federal government. Between December 1790 and May 1800, the House...
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Synopsis of the Universe

This is an 18th-century depiction of the solar system. During the Enlightenment, thinkers believed that governments as well as the natural world behaved according to predictable laws of...
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The Old Luthern Church

The Pennsylvania folk artist Lewis Miller painted this scene from inside the Lutheran Church in York, Pennsylvania, in 1800. The church’s sexton, firemaker, and other officials go about...
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The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

The Drury Lane Theatre was London’s oldest and best known playhouse in the eighteenth century. After reading about plays performed here, American colonists, in an effort to imitate...
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Views of Williamsburg

This print depicts the chief buildings in Williamsburg, Virginia’s colonial capital. The top row shows the Governor’s Palace. The second row features the Wren Building at the College...
Lesson Plan

Who was Thomas Jefferson? Exploring the Many Facets of Thomas Jefferson

As an introduction to Thomas Jefferson, students will discover the many facets of his life beyond being the author of The Declaration of Independence. Using primary sources, internet...