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Mary Louisa Adams

1835 Asher B. Durand Born: Jefferson Village, New Jersey 1796 Died: Maplewood, New Jersey 1886 oil on canvas 24 x 20 1/8 in. (61.0 x 51.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Adams-Clement Collection, gift of Mary Louisa Adams Clement in memory of her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams Clement 1950.6.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 3B


Luce Center Quote

“I am also doing one of [John Quincy Adams’s] little granddaughters . . . as a compliment to the old gentleman. She is a beautiful subject and by [three] sittings I have already got a good likeness . . . then I have promised to paint another grand daughter [sic] of Mr. Adams for himself, the sister of the other.” Asher B. Durand letter in Durand Papers, New York Public Library, quoted in A.B. Durand: 1796-1886, Montclair Art Museum, N.J., 1971

Luce Center Label

Mary Adams was born in 1828 in the White House while her grandfather John Quincy Adams was president. Asher Durand emphasized her rosy cheeks and conveyed a more reserved personality than that of her younger sister, Georgianna Frances, whose portrait is also in the Luce Center collection.

Keywords

Portrait female - Adams, Mary Louisa - child

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Asher B. Durand

Born: Jefferson Village, New Jersey 1796 Died: Maplewood, New Jersey 1886

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