Georgianna Frances Adams

  • Asher B. Durand, Georgianna Frances Adams, 1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Adams-Clement Collection, gift of Mary Louisa Adams Clement in memory of her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams Clement, 1950.6.2

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“Fanny” Adams was the granddaughter of John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States. She was five years old when Asher Durand created this portrait. Like so many children of that era, she died young, succumbing to illness only two years later. But Durand’s painting preserves the joyful spirit of a beloved daughter, and puts a human face on the history of the Adams dynasty.

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“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

Title
Georgianna Frances Adams
Artist
Date
1835
On View
Dimensions
24 x 20 in. (61.0 x 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Adams-Clement Collection, gift of Mary Louisa Adams Clement in memory of her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams Clement

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – Adams, Georgianna Frances – child
  • Portrait female – Adams, Georgianna Frances – waist length
Object Number
1950.6.2
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