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Samuel Adams

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In this celebrated portrait, Adams is shown at what he himself would always consider his greatest moment: his confrontation with Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson the day after the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770, during which Adams demanded the expulsion of British troops from the town. He...

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About 1772, to John Hancock (1737-1793), who according to tradition had commissioned the portrait; 1793, by inheritance to his widow, Dorothy Quincy Hancock (1747-1830); by 1827, purchased by a grandson of the sitter, Samuel Adams Wells (1787-1840). By 1841, to Adam W. Thaxter, Jr.; 1841, given by Adam W. Thaxter, Jr. to the City of Boston; 1876, deposited by the City of Boston to the MFA.

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Deposited by the City of Boston

about 1772


125.73 x 100.33 cm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

L-R 30.76c

Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas