John Quincy Adams

  • Unidentified, John Quincy Adams, early 19th century, enamel on porcelain, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer, 1999.27.58

Luce Center Label

Son of John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams grew up ambitious and educated. At ten he accompanied his father to Europe on a diplomatic mission. He practiced law in Boston, and in 1825 became the sixth president of the United States. In 1830 he was elected to the House of Representatives and earned the nickname “Old Man Eloquent” for his support of the arts and sciences. He was also known for his opposition to slavery, and fought for several years to repeal the “gag rule” that prevented Congress from accepting antislavery petitions.

John Quincy Adams
early 19th century
On View
Not on view.
image: 7/8 x 3/4 in. (2.2 x 1.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Bequest of Mary Elizabeth Spencer

Mediums Description
enamel on porcelain
  • Portrait male – Adams, John Quincy – bust
Object Number
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI