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Dolley Madison Artifacts at Montpelier

Bust of Dolley Madison

William John Coffee, an English-born artist, sculpted this terracotta bust of Dolley Madison in 1818, the year after he arrived in the United States. Coffee also created busts of Madison's husband, James Madison, and her son John Payne Todd. This bust is currently on display in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery at the Montpelier Visitor Center. Montpelier, the Orange County home of the Madison family, is open to the public as a museum.

Original Author: William John Coffee

Created: 1818

Medium: Terracotta bust

Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

Dolley Madison's Snuff Box

This monogrammed silver snuffbox belonged to Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. The engraved initials on the front of the box, "DPM," stand for Dolley Payne Madison. The box was used to hold snuff, a pulverized tobacco product especially popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries among the upper classes in Europe, England, and the Americas. Commonly used by both men and women, snuff was inhaled into one's nostril to receive a jolt of nicotine that was generally scented or flavored. This box was made about 1800 by Charles A. Burnett, a prominent silversmith then working in Georgetown.

Original Author: Charles A. Burnett

Created: ca. 1800

Medium: Snuffbox

Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

Daguerreotype Copy of Dolley Madison Portrait

This daguerreotype attributed to Mathew Brady depicts a detail of a painting of Dolley Madison that was made by the artist Gilbert Stuart in 1804. (The image, however, is reversed; in the original oil portrait Madison looks in the other direction.) Brady made this daguerreotype about 1848, and it is part of the collections at Montpelier, the Orange County residence of the Madison family that is currently open to the public as a museum.

Original Author: Gilbert Stuart, artist; Mathew Brady, attributed photographer

Created: 1804 painting; ca. 1848 daguerreotype

Medium: Daguerreotype of a painting

Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

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  • Bust of Dolley Madison

    William John Coffee, an English-born artist, sculpted this terracotta bust of Dolley Madison in 1818, the year after he arrived in the United States. Coffee also created busts of Madison's husband, James Madison, and her son John Payne Todd. This bust is currently on display in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery at the Montpelier Visitor Center. Montpelier, the Orange County home of the Madison family, is open to the public as a museum.

    Original Author: William John Coffee

    Created: 1818

    Medium: Terracotta bust

    Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

  • Dolley Madison's Snuff Box

    This monogrammed silver snuffbox belonged to Dolley Madison, wife of James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. The engraved initials on the front of the box, "DPM," stand for Dolley Payne Madison. The box was used to hold snuff, a pulverized tobacco product especially popular in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries among the upper classes in Europe, England, and the Americas. Commonly used by both men and women, snuff was inhaled into one's nostril to receive a jolt of nicotine that was generally scented or flavored. This box was made about 1800 by Charles A. Burnett, a prominent silversmith then working in Georgetown.

    Original Author: Charles A. Burnett

    Created: ca. 1800

    Medium: Snuffbox

    Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation

  • Daguerreotype Copy of Dolley Madison Portrait

    This daguerreotype attributed to Mathew Brady depicts a detail of a painting of Dolley Madison that was made by the artist Gilbert Stuart in 1804. (The image, however, is reversed; in the original oil portrait Madison looks in the other direction.) Brady made this daguerreotype about 1848, and it is part of the collections at Montpelier, the Orange County residence of the Madison family that is currently open to the public as a museum.

    Original Author: Gilbert Stuart, artist; Mathew Brady, attributed photographer

    Created: 1804 painting; ca. 1848 daguerreotype

    Medium: Daguerreotype of a painting

    Courtesy of The Montpelier Foundation