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-See also [[:Category: Science and Exploration |Science and Exploration]] 
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-'''Dimensions:''' 18'6" x 11' 10"; ceiling 10' 0" +'''Dimensions:''' 18' 6" x 11' 10"; ceiling 10' 0"
'''Order:''' Tuscan '''Order:''' Tuscan
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'''Source:''' Palladio '''Source:''' Palladio
-'''Color:''' There is some evidence that the room was originally wallpapered; today painted oyster white.+'''[[Paint and Wall Coverings|Color]]:''' There is some evidence that the room was originally wallpapered; today painted oyster white.
'''Purpose of Room:''' Office for reading, writing, architectural drafting, and scientific observation '''Purpose of Room:''' Office for reading, writing, architectural drafting, and scientific observation
-'''Unusual architectural features:''' Part of a "suite" of Jefferson's private rooms, along with the [[Library (Book Room)|Book Room]], [[Southeast Piazza (Greenhouse)|Greenhouse]], and Bedroom; adjoins Jefferson's [[Bedchamber |Bedroom]] via a passage and an alcove bed open on both sides; plan based on an octagon, a favored architectural shape for Jefferson+'''Unusual architectural features:''' Part of a "suite" of Jefferson's private rooms, along with the [[Library (Book Room)|Book Room]], [[Southeast Piazza (Greenhouse)|Greenhouse]], and [[Bedchamber|Bedroom]]; adjoins Jefferson's [[Bedchamber|Bedroom]] via a passage and an [[Alcove Bed|alcove bed]] open on both sides; plan based on an octagon, a favored architectural shape for Jefferson
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 +'''Furnishings of note:''' Reading and writing arrangement, which included a[[revolving Armchair by Burling| revolving chair]], a table with a revolving top, a [[Revolving Bookstand|revolving bookstand]] made in the Monticello joinery, and a [http://www.monticello.org/images/media/polygraph.mov copying machine]. The room also held a vast collection of scientific instruments, such as an [[orrery]], [[Microscopes|microscope]], and [[telescope]].
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 +==Objects on Display in this Room==
 +*[[Astronomical Case Clock]]
 +*[[Book Boxes]]
 +*[[Desk with Adjustable Top]]
 +*[[Drawing Instruments with Mahogany Case]]
 +*[[Hand Magnifier]]
 +*[[Hand Telescope]]
 +*[[John Adams (Sculpture)]]
 +*[[Joinery Side Table]]
 +*[[Oblong Revolving Table]]
 +*[[Orrery]]
 +*[[Polygraph]]
 +*[[Revolving Bookstand]]
 +*[[Revolving Armchair by Burling]]
 +*[[Spirit Chest]]
 +*[[Telescope]]
 +*[[Theodolite]]
 +*[[Thomas Jefferson "Medallion Profile" (Painting)]]
 +*[[Whalebone and Ivory Walking Stick]]
 +*[[Windsor Bench]]
 + 
 +==Primary Source References==
 + 
 +'''1800 November 25.''' (Jefferson to [[Thomas Mann Randolph]]). "It [catalog of books] is lying I believe either on the table in my book room, or under the window by the red couch in the Cabinet."<ref>[[Short Title List|''PTJ'']], 32:259. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page022.db&recNum=573 Letterpress copy] available online from the Library of Congress.</ref>
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 +'''1801 October 8.''' (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "From an actual survey of the plantation I occupy there (Which you will see in one of the desk drawers in my study)..."<ref>Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page024.db&recNum=965 Letterpress copy] available online.</ref>
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 +'''1801 December 4.''' (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "It is in one of the volumes...which you will find in the press on the right side of the cherry sash door in my cabinet."<ref>Ibid. [http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/ampage?collId=mtj1&fileName=mtj1page025.db&recNum=138 Letterpress copy] available online.</ref>
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 +'''1806 January 31.''' (Jefferson to James Ogilvie). "The arrangement begins behind the partition door leading out of the [[Library (Book Room)|Book room]] into the Cabinet, and proceeds from left to right round the room; then entering the Cabinet it begins at the Eastern angle, and goes round that room."<ref>Ibid.</ref>
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 +'''1808 October 4.''' (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "But I think it must be in one of the cartoons in the Cabinet window near which I usually sit to write, that is to say near the red turning chair."<ref>Thomas Jefferson Papers, [http://www.masshist.org/findingaids/doc.cfm?fa=fa0031 Massachusetts Historical Society]</ref>
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 +'''1809 August.''' (Margaret Bayard Smith). "His cabinet and chamber contained every convenience and comfort, but were plain. His bed is built in the wall which divides his chamber and cabinet."<ref>[[Short Title List|Smith, ''First Forty Years'']], 72.</ref>
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 +'''1819 July 28.''' (Jefferson to [[Martha Jefferson Randolph]]). "In my Cabinet, and in the window on the right of my writing table you will see 4. or 5. cartoons of papers. The 2d. and 3d. of these contain a compleat [sic] set of alphabeted papers..."<ref>[[Short Title List|''Family Letters'']], 429.</ref>
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 +==Footnotes==
 +<references/>
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 +==See Also==
 +*[[:Category: Science and Exploration |Science and Exploration]]
-'''Furnishings of note:''' Reading and writing arrangement, which included a revolving chair, a table with a revolving top, a [http://www.monticello.org/images/media/bookstand.mov revolving bookstand] made in the Monticello joinery, and a [http://www.monticello.org/images/media/polygraph.mov copying machine]. The room also held a vast collection of scientific instruments, such as an orrery, microscope, and telescope.+==Further Sources==
 +*Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc., "Moving Image of Revolving Bookstand." http://www.monticello.org/images/media/bookstand.mov
[[Category:Monticello (House)]] [[Category:Monticello (House)]]

Current revision

Dimensions: 18' 6" x 11' 10"; ceiling 10' 0"

Order: Tuscan

Source: Palladio

Color: There is some evidence that the room was originally wallpapered; today painted oyster white.

Purpose of Room: Office for reading, writing, architectural drafting, and scientific observation

Unusual architectural features: Part of a "suite" of Jefferson's private rooms, along with the Book Room, Greenhouse, and Bedroom; adjoins Jefferson's Bedroom via a passage and an alcove bed open on both sides; plan based on an octagon, a favored architectural shape for Jefferson

Furnishings of note: Reading and writing arrangement, which included a revolving chair, a table with a revolving top, a revolving bookstand made in the Monticello joinery, and a copying machine. The room also held a vast collection of scientific instruments, such as an orrery, microscope, and telescope.

Contents

Objects on Display in this Room

Primary Source References

1800 November 25. (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "It [catalog of books] is lying I believe either on the table in my book room, or under the window by the red couch in the Cabinet."[1]

1801 October 8. (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "From an actual survey of the plantation I occupy there (Which you will see in one of the desk drawers in my study)..."[2]

1801 December 4. (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "It is in one of the volumes...which you will find in the press on the right side of the cherry sash door in my cabinet."[3]

1806 January 31. (Jefferson to James Ogilvie). "The arrangement begins behind the partition door leading out of the Book room into the Cabinet, and proceeds from left to right round the room; then entering the Cabinet it begins at the Eastern angle, and goes round that room."[4]

1808 October 4. (Jefferson to Thomas Mann Randolph). "But I think it must be in one of the cartoons in the Cabinet window near which I usually sit to write, that is to say near the red turning chair."[5]

1809 August. (Margaret Bayard Smith). "His cabinet and chamber contained every convenience and comfort, but were plain. His bed is built in the wall which divides his chamber and cabinet."[6]

1819 July 28. (Jefferson to Martha Jefferson Randolph). "In my Cabinet, and in the window on the right of my writing table you will see 4. or 5. cartoons of papers. The 2d. and 3d. of these contain a compleat [sic] set of alphabeted papers..."[7]

Footnotes

  1. PTJ, 32:259. Letterpress copy available online from the Library of Congress.
  2. Thomas Jefferson Papers, Library of Congress. Letterpress copy available online.
  3. Ibid. Letterpress copy available online.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Thomas Jefferson Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society
  6. Smith, First Forty Years, 72.
  7. Family Letters, 429.

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Further Sources