Mary Louisa Adams

  • Asher B. Durand, Mary Louisa 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, 1950.6.1

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.

Luce Object 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

Title
Mary Louisa Adams
Artist
Date
1835
On View
Dimensions
24 x 20 1/8 in. (61.0 x 51.0 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, Mary Louisa – child
Object Number
1950.6.1
Palette
Linked Open Data
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