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John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams
Philip Haas, c. 1809 - ?
John Quincy Adams, 11 Jul 1767 - 23 Feb 1848
Half-plate daguerreotype
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")
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Carpet
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Lamp
John Quincy Adams: Male
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Massachusetts
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\Diplomat\Ambassador
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\President of US
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\Cabinet member\Secretary of State
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\US Senator\Massachusetts
John Quincy Adams: Politics and Government\Son of US President
United States\District of Columbia
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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.
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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”.
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National Portrait Gallery