Oil on canvas; 125.73 x 100.33 cm (49 1/2 x 39 1/2 in). Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.
Adams is shown in the act of confronting Governor Thomas Hutchinson on the eve of the American Revolution. He clenches a scroll in his right hand demanding the removal of British troops from the city after the Boston Massacre (5-Mar-177) and points with his left hand to the charter of the Massachusetts colony — reminding the governor of the rights granted by the king to the citizens.
This portrait of Adams was commissioned to hang in the home of John Hancock.
Note that Paul Revere used this image for an unauthorized political print in 1774.