Monday, July 4, 2016
Jefferson, Franklin, Adams
Thomas Jefferson (right), Benjamin Franklin (left), and John Adams (center) meet at Jefferson's lodgings, on the corner of Seventh and High (Market) streets in Philadelphia, to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence. From a postcard reproduction of the oil painting "Writing the Declaration of Independence, 1776" by Jeon Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). The faces of Franklin and Adams evoke rich characterizations. Jefferson's expression is harder to pin down, unless it be simple sincerity.