HD photographs of Thomas Jefferson monument on Quai Anatole France in Paris - Page 1182



We were in the 7th Arrondissement by the River Seine at the Rue de Solferino and Quai Anatole France junction, when we took these high definition photos showing the Monument to Thomas Jefferson, which was sculpted by Jean Cardot.

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Bronze Thomas Jefferson Monument by artist Jean Cardot
This first HD photo shows a larger than life statue called the Monument to Thomas Jefferson, which was sculpted in bronze in recognition of the third President of the United States of America, who was the principle author of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Thomas Jefferson Monument on marble pedestal in Paris
Thomas Jefferson was also the Minister to France and Ambassador to Paris between the years 1785 and 1789, spending time in the walking, walking past this very spot where the statue stands every day, and a lover of architecture, he admired the building called the Hotel de Salm, which is how he has been depicted facing.
Left side of the Thomas Jefferson Monument in Paris
The Monument to Thomas Jefferson is located next to the Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor, formerly the Passerelle Solferino, and is positioned on the Quai Anatole France by the junction of the Rue de Solferino in the 7th Arrondissement.
Bronze Drawing after Thomas Jefferson 1st project of Monticello
Here you can see a close up photograph showing the paper and writing that Thomas Jefferson is holding in his left hand with a sketch on it, which in English reads;

Drawing after Thomas Jefferson


1st project of Monticello.
Right hand and quill on Thomas Jefferson Monument in Paris
Yet here you can see a close up photograph showing a writing implement called a quill in the right hand of Thomas Jefferson as he has his hand on his hip looking towards the Hotel de Salm that was constructed for a German Prince, and he sketched the building many times in order to change his estate home in Virginia, USA called Monticello.
Thomas Jefferson Monument next to Passerelle Leopold Sedar Senghor
The Monument to Thomas Jefferson was designed to be a symbol of the French-American relationship that has existed between the two countries for over 200 years and measuring over three metres in height, this was sculpted in bronze by the renowned French sculptor Jean Cardot.
Thomas Jefferson Monument looking to Hotel de Salm, the Monticello inspiration
You will find that the position of the Monument to Thomas Jefferson is significant to his time in Paris and the redesign of his home Monticello based upon the Hotel de Salm, now home to the Museum of the Legion of Honour, which you can see in the above photograph, as Jefferson is looking towards the monumental building that meant so much to him.
Thomas Jefferson Monument, Quai Anatole France, Paris
However, it took over a decade of work and effort to get the Monument to Thomas Jefferson installed in Paris, which included the art dealer Guy Wildenstein, son of Daniel Wildenstein, the University of Virginia, the French-American Foundation, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Florence Gould Foundation all collaborating for the realisation of the monument.
Pedestal left side tribute inscription for Thomas Jefferson Monument
And located on the pedestal base below the left side of the statue you can see an inscription on the marble, and when translated to English this reads;

Tribute to Thomas Jefferson


President of the United States of America
1801 - 1809
Ambassador to Paris
1785 - 1789
Offered to the City of Paris in memory of Daniel Wildenstein (1917 - 2001) of the Institute by his sons and the Florence Gould Foundation July 2006.
Pedestal front inscription 1743 - 1826 on Thomas Jefferson Monument
Now as we mentioned earlier, the Monument to Thomas Jefferson was designed and sculpted by Jean Cardot who was born in Saint-Etienne, France in 1930 and studied at the School of Fine Arts in his home town before furthering his studies at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, eventually becoming a renowned French sculptor who was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institut de France.
Right side of bronze Thomas Jefferson statue with hand on hip
Jean Cardot has produced many different monuments that are found throughout the world, with over 70 to be found within France, Canada and Poland and having produced a monument to Winston Churchill in 1998 and another for Charles de Gaulle in 2000, he was the choice for the statue of Thomas Jefferson.
Back of Thomas Jefferson Monument in Paris by Jean Cardot
Another monument by Jean Cardot is the Flame of Liberty that can be found within the garden of the US Ambassador's House by the Place de la Concorde in France that was produced in 2008, and virtually every monument this renowned sculptor has produced is related to Freedom, which is exactly what this, and the monuments mentioned above the last photo were all sculpted for.
Brass plaque on 2006 Monument to Thomas Jefferson
So here you can see the brass plaque located on the pedestal base of the statue on the back, which faces towards the River Seine, and when translated to English this reads;

Monument to Thomas Jefferson


Work of sculptor Jean Cardot
Inaugurated on 4th July 2006
by Antony A Williams, Mayor of Washington
and Bertrand Delanoe, Mayor of Paris
Monument to Thomas Jefferson by River Seine in Paris
Therefore, as you saw from the details on the above image, this statue was inaugurated on American Independence Day with numerous dignitaries in attendance along with the sculptor Jean Cardot, although it is a shame that writing graffiti on monuments and items of importance, becomes a way of life.

But as we mentioned before, along the River Seine, close to the Musee d'Orsay that you can see in this image, which is right opposite the Hotel de Salm, home to the Musee de la Legion d'Honneur et des Ordres de Chevalerie, this is where you will find the bronze statue and Monument a Thomas Jefferson, produced by Jean Cardot who has also been awarded the Legion of Honour for his works.

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