27 3/16 x 22 1/8 in. (69.1 x 56.2 cm)
Framed: 36 1/8 x 31 3/16 in. (91.8 x 79.2 cm)
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
The House’s original John Cranch portrait of John Quincy Adams—the only President of the United States to serve in Congress after his presidency—was destroyed in a fire in 1851. A century and a half later, a replacement portrait by Ed Alstrom was unveiled. This work is painted after an 1844 likeness of Adams by French artist Jean-Baptiste Adolphe Gibert which dates from Adams’s congressional service, now in the State Department art collection.