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Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams


Title: Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams
Artist: Stuart, Gilbert   
Date of Work: 1821 - 1826
Medium/Support: oil on canvas
Measurements: 30 1/16 x 25 in (76.4 x 63.5 cm)
Inscribed: No
Acquisition Information: Gift of John Q. Adams
Acquisition Number: 971.676.1
Credit Line: The White House Historical Association (White House Collection)
Scholar's Notes:

"This portrait, together with Stuart's 1818 likeness of Louisa's husband, John Quincy Adams, descended in the family to a great-great-grandson, who presented both of the works to the White House. . . . "Louisa Adams was about 50 when this incisive head was painted. The rest of her long life was divided between Quincy, Massachusetts, and Washington . . . Stuart's portrait is definitive in simultaneously presenting "the Madam" of Henry Adam's childish memory--'a little more remote than the President, but more decorative . . . her delicate face under . . . very becoming caps'--as well as the image he later knew to be as true, of a woman whose interior life was 'one of severe stress and little pure satisfaction.'"

Source of Scholar's Notes: Kloss, William, et al. Art in the White House: A Nation's Pride. Washington, D.C.: The White House Historical Association, 2008.
Page Number(s) in Source: 94
People: Adams, Louisa   
Categories: White House Art Collection, Images of First Ladies  
Type: portraits   
whitehousehistory.org:

A brief biography of First Lady Louisa Adams.

Orientation: Portrait
Image ID: 170
Date (chronological sort): 1821