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Bishop & Gray Studio, active c. 1843  Search this
John Quincy Adams, 11 Jul 1767 - 23 Feb 1848  Search this
Sixth-plate daguerreotype
Image: 8.3 x 7cm (3 1/4 x 2 3/4")
Case Closed: 9.4 x 8.3cm (3 11/16 x 3 1/4")
Case Open: 9.4 x 16.4 x 1.4cm (3 11/16 x 6 7/16 x 9/16")
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Born Braintree, Massachusetts
John Quincy Adams was destined for a life of public service. The eldest son of John and Abigail Adams, he was only ten when he accompanied his famous father on a diplomatic mission to Europe in 1778. The younger Adams later graduated from Harvard, practiced law, and served as U.S. minister to the Netherlands before his election to the U.S. Senate (1803). Although his disdain for partisan politics would cost him that seat, he served ably as a diplomat and as secretary of state (1817–25). In 1824 Adams defeated Andrew Jackson for the presidency but lost to his rival in a rematch in 1828. Three years later, he was elected to the House of Representatives, where he served for eight successive terms.
In the summer of 1843, Adams embarked on what he hoped would be a private trip through New York State. Such was his popularity, however, that his “journey for pleasure and recreation . . . [was] converted into a triumphal progress.” In Utica, where he was feted with a torchlight parade, Adams was taken by his hosts to “Bishop & Gray’s Daguerreotype rooms” for a series of four portraits. Far from pleased with the results, Adams recorded in his diary that the daguerreotypes were “all hideous.” Regrettably, this portrait from that sitting has suffered abrasions that partially obscure Adams’s face.
Interior  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Neckwear\Tie\Bowtie  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Muttonchops  Search this
Cased object  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Male  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Ambassador  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\President of US  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts  Search this
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\Son of US President  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of John D. Duncan and an anonymous donor
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