I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but 

  • John Atherton, I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of society but , 1952-1953, gouache and paper on paperboard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.7

Title
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.
Artist
Date
1952-1953
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
sheet: 2218 18 in. (55.846.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache and paper on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Literature – Jefferson
Object Number
1984.124.7
Palette
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