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.