President John Adams


“John Adams. Second President of the United States.” Ca. 1840. 12 1/2 x 10. Lithograph. Original hand color. In period frame.


n the 1820s, portrait Gilbert Stuart painted a series of portraits of the first five Presidents of John Doggett of Boston.  These were based on earlier, life portraits Stuart had painted and they each had a similar formalized look, with the Presidents shown at a table with books, papers and so forth, with a draped curtain behind.  In 1828, these portraits were printed by Boston lithographer John Pendleton and sold to the public for hanging in the home and office.  This format proved extremely popular and it was soon copied by many other lithographers, such as Nathaniel Currier.  This particular print does not identify the lithographer, but it is of the style.