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Identification and Creation

Object Number
William Morris Hunt, American (Brattleboro, VT 1824 - 1879 Isles of Shoals, NH)
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886)
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
150.8 x 87 cm (59 3/8 x 34 1/4 in.)
framed: 185.4 x 123.2 x 7.3 cm (73 x 48 1/2 x 2 7/8 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: W.M. Hunt/1867
  • label: on verso: Painted by William M. Hunt, London and Paris, 1867.


Recorded Ownership History
Gift of C. F. Adams, Jr. and his brothers to Harvard University.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of C. F. Adams, Jr. and his brothers to Harvard University
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 5
  • Helen Mary Knowlton, Art-Life of William Morris Hunt, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1900), p. 49
  • Henry B. Adams, The Education of Henry Adams (Washington, D.C, 1907), p. 213
  • Henry Adams, Letters of Henry Adams (1858-1891), ed. Worthington Chauncey Ford, Houghton Mifflin Company (Boston, MA and New York, NY, 1930), p. 132
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 7
  • Alan Burroughs, Limners and Likenesses: Three Centuries of American Painting, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 173
  • Martha J. Hoppin, "William Morris Hunt: Aspects of his Work" (1974), Unpublished and Harvard University, p.101, fig. 103
  • Henry B. Adams, The Letters of Henry Adams, ed. J. C. Levenson, Eleanor Pearre Abbot, and Jayne N. Samuels, Belknap Press (Cambridge, MA, 1982 - 1988), vol. i, pp. 549-550, note 2, p. 551
  • Thomas G. Paterson, American Foreign Policy, A History, D. C. Heath and Co. (Lexington, MA, 1983)
  • Sally Webster, William Morris Hunt 1824 - 1879, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England, 1991), pp. 85-87, fig.78
  • 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 (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 272-73, cat. 220, ill.

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