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John Quincy Adams

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In 1797, Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams (who had recently been inaugurated as the second president of the United States), quite unexpectedly received a shipping case. It contained this portrait of her twenty-eight-year-old son by John Singleton Copley, which Mrs. Susanna Copley had asked her...

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1797, gift of the artist's wife, Susanna Copley, to the sitter's mother, Abigail Smith Adams (1744-1818); 1818, by descent to her son, the sitter, John Quincy Adams (1767-1848), Washington, D.C.; 1848, by descent to the sitter's son, Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), Boston; 1886, by descent to his son, Charles Francis Adams (1835-1915), Washington, D.C.; 1917, bequest of Charles Francis Adams to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 21, 1917)

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Bequest of Charles Francis Adams



76.52 x 63.5 cm (30 1/8 x 25 in.)

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Oil on canvas