James Peale (1749—1831)

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Oil on canvas, figures probably painted by Charles Willson Peale. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD.

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Oil on canvas; 36 x 27 in. (91.4 x 68.6 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Oil on canvas; 61.5 x 89.5 cm. (24 3/16 x 35 1/4 in.) Princeton University Museum of Art, Princeton, NJ.

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Oil on canvas. After Charles Willson Peale.

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Watercolor on ivory; 2 5/16 x 1 13/16 in. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT.

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Oil on canvas; 31 1/4 x 32 3/4 in (79.4 x 83.2 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

by James Peale (1749—1831)

Oil on canvas; 28 1/8 x 23 5/8 in (71.4 x 60.0 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

The most inadvertently prophetic words that Adams ever uttered were his last: Thomas Jefferson survives. For it was the Jeffersonian image that broke free of the aggregated anonymity, the founders or the fathers, and eventually ascended into heaven with Washington. During the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the Jeffersonian legacy became the most adaptable and all-purpose political touchstone in American political history.

Joseph J. Ellis
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (1993)