Here’s the Jefferson Memorial as sunset approaches. (Unfortunately there were some pesky clouds in the way that prevented the cloud deck above the Memorial from turning pink as I’d rather hoped would happen. Oh well – next time.)
The Jefferson Memorial is, as its name suggests, a monument to one of my favourite U.S. Presidents – one of those Enlightenment polymaths who seems to have done everything – from being a lawyer to Ambassador to France (and speaker of five languages), to farmer and agricultural scientist, to President and founder of both the University of Virginia and the United States Military Academy at West Point. Oh, and the small matter of being author of the Declaration of Independence. (Granted, though, that he was a slaveowner.)
The Memorial was designed by John Russell Pope (who also designed the National Archives and various other prominent structures in Washington) and built between 1939 and 1943, with the statue in the centre coming a little later. I don’t know about anyone else, but I never realised how relatively recent this and the Lincoln Memorial are.