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John Quincy Adams

Artist
Philip Haas, c. 1809 - ?
Sitter
John Quincy Adams, 11 Jul 1767 - 23 Feb 1848
Date
1843
Type
Photograph
Medium
Half-plate daguerreotype
Dimensions
Image/Sight: 13.7 × 10.2 cm (5 3/8 × 4")
Frame: 20.8 × 17.3 × 1.3 cm (8 3/16 × 6 13/16 × 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Acquired through the generosity of the Secretary of the Smithsonian and the Smithsonian National Board; The Burnett Family Fund; Carl and Marilynn Thoma; Connie and Dennis Keller; Tim Lindholm and Lucy Gaylord Lindholm; Mr. and Mrs. John W. McCarter, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald J. Gidwitz; Ellen G. Miles and Neil R. Greene; Ronnyjane Goldsmith; David D. Hiller; Richard and Janet Horwood; and Mary Martell.
Object number
NPG.2017.110
Exhibition Label
Born Braintree, Massachusetts
Created in March 1843, this daguerreotype is the earliest known photographic portrait of an American president. John Quincy Adams completed his single presidential term in 1829 and was serving as a congressman from Massachusetts when he visited the Washington, D.C., studio of Philip Haas. Intrigued by daguerreotypy, which Haas had described to him as “a chemical process upon mercury, silver, gold and iodine,” Adams noted in his diary, “The operation is performed in half a minute but is yet altogether incomprehensible to me.”
Nacido en Braintree, Massachusetts
Creado en marzo de 1843, este daguerrotipo es el primer retrato fotográfico conocido de un presidente estadounidense. John Quincy Adams completó su mandato presidencial en 1829 y se desempeñaba como congresista de Massachusetts cuando visitó el estudio de Philip Haas en Washington, D.C. Intrigado por la daguerrotipia, que Haas le describió como “un proceso químico sobre el mercurio, la plata, el oro y el yodo”, señaló Adams en su diario, “la operación se realiza en medio minuto, pero aún me resulta incomprensible”.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
America's Presidents (Reinstallation September 2017)
On View
NPG, South Gallery 240
Place
United States\District of Columbia