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
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 22 x 18 1/8 in. (55.8 x 46.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
gouache and paper on paperboard
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Jefferson, Thomas – bust
  • Occupation – political – president
  • Literature – Jefferson
Object Number
1984.124.7
Palette
Linked Open Data
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