In the post, I had linked to a miniature that Trumbull had painted of Jefferson and presented to Cosway. I also linked to a picture of an engraving of Cosway that Jefferson kept at his home, Monticello. Shortly after I wrote that post, I had a chance to visit Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia for the first time. When I stepped into the South Square Room and saw the engraving hanging in front of me, needless to say, a few chills went up and down my spine.
Monticello has an excellent web site which allows you to virtually tour the house. If you go from the Northeast Portico to the South Square Room, the engraving is on the wall to your left just as you pass through the door. You can click on a picture of the that wall but it is hard to see. It is hanging on the top left, between the silhouettes and the two large pictures. There are two chairs against this wall. The site has a link to the Cosway engraving at the bottom of the web page.
To truly experience a sense of that era and that time in Jefferson's life, I also recommend that while on the tour, you listen to the music that I linked in the post. Jefferson sent a copy of the song to Cosway in a letter saying:
...I send you the song I promised. bring me in return its subject, Jours Heureux!The song was from Antonio Sacchini's opera "Dardanus" which premiered in Paris in 1784. The song is:
Jours heureux, espoir enchanteur!
Prix charmant d'un amour si tendre!
Je vais la voir, je vais l'entendre
Je vais retrouver le bonheur!
(Happy days, Enchanting hope!
Charming prize of a love so tender!
I'm going to see her, I'm going to hear her
I'm going to find happiness again!)