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Notation on back, "On April 13, 1944, 201st anniversary of birth of Jefferson, a portrait of Simon Bolivar, Liberator of South America, was presented to UVa by Ambassador Diogenes Escalante of Venezuela as a gift of the president of Venezuela. This will be hung in the Sala Bolivar, a room dedicated to inter-American friendship in the Romanic Pavilion, one of the original Jeffersonian buildings now used for teaching Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. Presentation was in the Rotunda, last building designed by Jefferson before his death. Overlooking presentation was a statue of Jefferson by Galt --this was in the Rotunda when it was burned in 1895, and photo shows where Jefferson's robe was chipped as it was removed. General Bolivar's portrait will be placed beside that of Bon Fernando Bolivar, his nephew and adopted son, whom he sent to study in 1827 at University just founded by Jefferson. This is a gift of Don Fernando's grandson, Fernando S. Bolivar of Caracas, Westinghouse representative for Venezuela, and of Dr. Vicente Licuna, Venezuelan historian. Escalante beside portrait, President John Lloyd Newcomb next to him."
black-and-white photographs
Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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