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John Adam

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John Adam, by James Tassie, 1791 -NPG 4612 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

John Adam

by James Tassie
1791
3 in. (76 mm) high
NPG 4612

Inscriptionback to top

Incised on the truncation: JOHN ADAM/1791 and: Tassie F

This portraitback to top

Dating from the last year of his life, this appears to be the only authentic likeness of John Adam; there is a companion Tassie medallion of Mrs John Adam (Scottish NPG, PG 1964).

Referenceback to top

Gray 1894
J. M. Gray, James and William Tassie, a biographical and critical sketch with a catalogue of their portrait medallions of modern personages, 1894, no.2.

Provenanceback to top

K. E. Houston sale, Sotheby’s, 15 January 1968, lot 68, bought Hugh Leggatt, by whom presented through the National Art Collections Fund 1968.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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