Provenance

John Quincy Adams [1767-1848], Quincy, Massachusetts; his son, Charles Francis Adams [1807-1886], Boston, Massachusetts; his son, Brooks Adams [1848-1927], Boston, Massachusetts; his niece, Abigail Adams Homans [Mrs. Robert Homans, 1879-1974];[1] gift 1954 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1880
Exhibition of Portraits Painted by Gilbert Stuart, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880, no. 304.
1889
Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington-Loan Exhibition of Historical Portraits and Relics, Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 1889, no. 56.
1931
Loan to display with the permanent collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1931, 1932, and 1935.
1950
Makers of History in Washington, 1800-1950, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1950, no. 7.
1951
They Gave Us Freedom, Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virigia, 1951, no. 3.
1969
A Nineteenth-Century Gallery of Distinguished Americans, National Portrait Gallery, Washington, 1969, p. 12.
2002
Fathers and Sons: Two Families - Four Presidents, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, College Station, Texas, 2002, no cat.
2004
Gilbert Stuart, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; National Gallery of Art (for the National Portrait Gallery), Washington, D.C., 2004-2005, no. 59, repro.
2006
Extended loan for use by Vice President and Mrs. Richard Cheney, Vice President's Residence, Washington, D.C., 2006-2009.
2010
Extended loan for use by Ambassador Charles Rivkin, U.S. Embassy, Paris, 2010-2011.
Bibliography
1879
Mason, George C. The Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart. New York, 1879: 125-126, 142.
1880
"Portraits Painted by Stuart...taken from Mason's Life and Works of Gilbert Stuart." In Exhibition of Portraits Painted by Gilbert Stuart. Exh. cat. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1880: 28, no. 1.
1892
Bowen, Clarence W., ed. The History of the Centennial Celebration of the Inauguration of George Washington. New York, 1892: 144, 423-424, repro. opp. 17.
1926
Park 1926, 89, no. 1, repro.
1967
Oliver, Andrew. Portraits of John and Abigail Adams. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1967: 132-178, repro. fig. 64, 251, no. 106.
1970
American Paintings and Sculpture: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1970: 100, repro.
1975
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. New York, 1975: 387, color repro.
1980
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1980: 226, repro.
1981
Williams 1981, 67, repro. 70.
1984
Walker, John. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Rev. ed. New York, 1984: 383, no. 544, color repro.
1986
McLanathan 1986, 113, color repro.
1992
American Paintings: An Illustrated Catalogue. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992: 356, repro.
1995
Miles, Ellen G. American Paintings of the Eighteenth Century. The Collections of the National Gallery of Art Systematic Catalogue. Washington, D.C., 1995: 211-212, color repro. 213.
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