North Square Room
From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
Dimensions: 14' 10" x 15' 4"; ceiling 10' 0"
Source: Palladio, based on the Arena of Verona
Color: Originally yellow, then wall-papered; today shown as unpainted plaster
Purpose of Room: Bedroom, used frequently by the Portuguese scholar Abbé José Correia da Serra.
Architectural Features: Alcove bed with a closet overhead; interior window shutters are used throughout the first floor for privacy and insulation.
Furnishings of Note: Today the room holds a life portrait of the Abbé by Rembrandt Peale as well as a portrait of Martha Jefferson Randolph by Thomas Sully. The room also features an unusual traveling box belonging to Jefferson's protégé William Short.