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Identification and Creation

Object Number
John Trumbull, American (Lebanon, CT 1756 - 1843 New York, NY)
John Adams (1735 - 1826)
John Adams (1735-1826)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, Massachusetts
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Physical Descriptions

Oil on canvas
77 x 61.6 cm (30 5/16 x 24 1/4 in.)
framed: 102.9 x 86.4 x 12.7 cm (40 1/2 x 34 x 5 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Commissioned by Andrew Craigie; his gift to Harvard College, 1794.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of Andrew Craigie to Harvard College, 1794
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • Mary Beth Norton, "John Adams, Up-front Guy", Harvard Magazine (July-August 2001), pp. 16-21, p. 19
  • Justin Winsor, The Memorial History of Boston, James R. Osgood & Co. (Boston, MA, 1881), vol. 3, p. 192
  • Clarence Winthrop Bowen, ed., History of the Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington, D. Appleton & Co. (New York, NY, 1892), p. 425, ill. p. 17
  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 5
  • Cuthbert Lee, Early American Portrait Painters: The Fourteen Principal Earliest Native-born Painters, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1929), p. 150
  • Gilbert Chinard, Honest John Adams, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, MA, 1933)
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), pp. 7-8
  • 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. 4, cat. 19
  • Leonard Falkner, Forge of Liberty: The Dramatic Opening of the American Revolution, E. P. Dutton & Co. (New York, NY, 1959)
  • Ezra Pound, Cantos (Tirolo di Merano, Italy, 1967)
  • Andrew Oliver, Portraits of John and Abigail Adams, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1967), pp. 66-69, p. 245, cat. 48, fig. 28
  • Theodore R. Sizer, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT, 1967), p. 18, fig. 1
  • "Skips Nixon Party; Back to Lobby in D. C. Against War", The Harvard Crimson, Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, May 16, 1972), pp. 1, 8, ill. p. 1
  • [Unidentified article], The Washington Post (Washington, D.C., August 9, 1972), B13
  • [Unidentified article], The Boston Globe, Boston Globe (Boston, MA, August 9, 1972), p.17
  • 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. 21, ill.
  • World Book Encyclopedia, World Book - Childcraft International Inc. (Chicago, IL, 1980?), ill.
  • Sandra Grindlay, "Harvard's Portraits: An American Treasure", Harvard University Art Museums Review (Fall 1992), vol. II, no. 1, pp. 6-7, p. 6
  • John Ferling, John Adams: A Life, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN, 1995), ill. p. 303
  • Thomas Jefferson, 1997
  • Mark O. Hatfield, Vice Presidents of the United States, 1789-1993, brochure, ed. Wendy Wolff, United States Government Printing Office (Washington, D.C, 1997)
  • David McCullough, John Adams, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY, 2001), fig. 34
  • 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. 23, 478-79, cat. 442, ill.
  • Ethan Lasser, ed., The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766–1820, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2017), pp. 36-37, Fig. 26 in Ethan W. Lasser's "Harvard's Teaching Cabinet"; p. 263 in Andrew Gelfand's "Chronology"

Exhibition History

  • The American Spirit in Portraiture, 1675 - 1900, Fogg Art Museum, 01/19/1951 - 02/24/1951
  • American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972
  • Unidentified Exhibition, White House, 1972-1986, White House, 08/08/1972 - 04/28/1986

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