John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Identification and Creation
Object Number
Gilbert Stuart, American (North Kingstown, RI 1755 - 1828 Boston, MA)
Thomas Sully, American (Horncastle, Lincolnshire, England 1783 - 1872 Philadelphia, PA)
John Quincy Adams, American (1767 - 1848)
John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)
Work Type
Level 2, Room 2410, South Arcade
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
241.3 x 151.8 cm (95 x 59 3/4 in.)
framed: 273.4 x 184.2 x 11.4 cm (107 5/8 x 72 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l. : STUART. /1825./TS/1830.
Commissioned from the artist, 1825-1830; Ward Nicholas Boylston; his bequest to Harvard College, 1828.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Bequest of Ward Nicholas Boylston to Harvard College, 1828
Object Number
European and American Art
Publication History

Thomas Sully, Thomas Sully's Private Journal, Unpublished (1879)

James Grant Wilson and John Fiske, Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography, D. Appleton & Co. (New York, 1888), vol. 5, p. 729

George C. Mason, The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1894), p. 126

William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 5

Lawrence Park, Gilbert Stuart: An lllustrated Descriptive List of His Works, vol. I - IV, W. E. Rudge (New York, NY, 1926), vol. I, pp. 95-96, no. 9

Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 8

Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 6, cat. 27

James Truslow Adams, Album of American History, Charles Scribner's Sons (New York, NY, 1944), p. 207

American Peoples Encyclopedia, Spencer Press, Inc. (Chicago, IL, 1946)

Roger Butterfield, The American Past: A History of the United States from Concord to Hiroshima, 1775-1945, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 1947)

John D. Hicks, The Federal Union, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA, 1952)

History of the United States, Time Inc. (New York, NY, 1962), Vol. 2

Margaret L. Coit, The Life History of the United States: Vol. 3: The Growing Years, Time Inc. (New York, NY, 1963), p.34

"U.S. Presidents", American Heritage (New York, NY, 1966)

Margaret Bassett, Profiles and Portraits: American Presidents and Their Wives, Bond Wheelwright Company (Freeport, ME, 1968)

National Portrait Gallery, The Life Portraits of John Quincy Adams, exh. cat. (Washington, DC, 1970), cat. 15

Andrew Oliver, Portraits of John Quincy Adams and His Wife, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1970), pp. 122-133, fig. 57

Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, Peter G. Huenink, Earl A. Powell III, Harry Z. Rand, and Nanette C. Sexton, American Art at Harvard, exh. cat., Fogg Art Museum (Cambridge, MA, 1972), cat. 26, ill.

Marshall B. Davidson, The Artist's America, American Heritage Publishing Co. (New York, NY, 1973), p. 96

Gioconda Bianchi, American History, Istituto Geografico de Agostini-Novara (Milan, Italy, 1980)

Ernest R. May, The Making of the Monroe Doctrine, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1991)

Richard Alan Ryerson, ed., Adams Family Correspondence, Vol. 5, Belknap Press (Cambridge, MA, 1991)

[Unidentified article], Congressional Quarterly (1992)

Greg Russell, John Quincy Adams and the Public Virtues of Diplomacy, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO, 1994), cover and frontispiece

David S. Grogan, John Quincy Adams, The History Project Inc. (Galax, Virginia, 1998), cover

David McCullough, John Adams, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 2001), fig 61

Daniel Preston, James Monroe: An Illustrated History, University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA, 2008), ill. p. 96

Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 23, 463, 464-466, 473, cat. 431, ill.

John Langdon Sibley, Private Journal (John Langdon Sibley Papers), Unpublished (c. 1848), see entry for July 28, 1848

Sandra Grindlay, "Harvard's Portraits: An American Treasure", Harvard University Art Museums Review (Fall 1992), vol. II, no. 1, pp. 6-7, p. 6

William Harlan Hale, "John Quincy Adams as Ambassador to Russia", American Heritage (February 1958)

Louise Todd Ambler, "Faces from Harvard's Past", Harvard Magazine (Cambridge, MA, March-April 1978), Vol. 80, pp. 33-41

Louise Todd Ambler and Kenyon Castle Bolton, III, "American Painting at Harvard", Antiques (New York, NY, November 1972), vol. 102, no. 5, pp. 876-883, p. 876

"The Crimson Party", Harvard Magazine (November-December 2000), p. 120., p. 120, ill.

Exhibition History

Exhibition of Paintings, 1831 (fifth exhibition), Boston Athenaeum, Boston, 01/01/1831 - 12/31/1831

American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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Verification Level

4 - Best. Object is extensively researched, well described and information is vetted