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Gilbert Stuart: Abigail Smith Adams (Mrs. John Adams)  wikidata:Q20180465 
creator QS:P170,Q41402
Gilbert Stuart: Abigail Smith Adams (Mrs. John Adams)
Abigail Smith Adams
Object type painting
Date between 1810 and 1815
date QS:P571,+1810-00-00T00:00:00Z/8,P1319,+1810-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1326,+1815-00-00T00:00:00Z/9
Medium oil on canvas
medium QS:P186,Q296955;P186,Q4259259,P518,Q861259
Dimensions Height: 73.4 cm (28.8 ″); Width: 59.7 cm (23.5 ″)
dimensions QS:P2048,73.4U174728;P2049,59.7U174728
institution QS:P195,Q214867
Current location
West Ground Floor Gallery 42B
Accession number
Object history Mrs. John Adams felt that "if we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women." Stuart's portrait, begun when the first lady was fifty-six, captures the patrician beauty of her straight nose and arched brows. The forthright painting also leaves little doubt about the force of character, intellect, and principles of this daughter of a Massachusetts minister.

This likeness was Stuart's only completed picture of Abigail Smith Adams. It and its companion piece of her husband, John Adams, were started in 1800 but not delivered until 1815. The Adams' eldest son and the future sixth president, John Quincy Adams, politely stated his family's attitude toward the artist's procrastination: "Mr. Stuart thinks it the prerogative of genius to disdain the performance of his engagements."
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Robert Homans
Source/Photographer National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C., online collection


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