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I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education.--Thomas Jefferson on popular sovreignty, letter to W.C. Jarvis, 1820. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

1952-1953 John Atherton Born: Brainerd, Minnesota 1900 Died: New Brunswick, Canada 1952 gouache and paper on paperboard sheet: 22 x 18 1/8 in. (55.8 x 46.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America 1984.124.7 Not currently on view


Keywords

Literature - Jefferson

Occupation - political - president

Portrait male - Jefferson, Thomas - bust

painting

paint - gouache

paper

paperboard - ross board

About John Atherton

Born: Brainerd, Minnesota 1900 Died: New Brunswick, Canada 1952

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