John Adams was inaugurated as second president on March 4, 1797. Washington had preceded him to the hall and sat on the dais with Jefferson the Vice-President-elect, as Adams spoke. When the new President finished and left, Washington motioned to Jefferson to go next. The two Virginians had known each other since 1769, when Washington had been thirty-seven years old and Jefferson only twenty-six. From long habit and lingering respect, Jefferson now held back. But Washington gestured again, in a manner not to be ignored. The younger man was now Vice-President and must go first.
Matthew Pratt (1734—1805)
Oil on canvas; 30 1/4 x 25 1/8 in (76.8 x 63.8 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Oil on canvas; 30 3/16 x 25 1/4 in (76.7 x 64.1 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Oil on canvas; 36 x 50 1/4 in. (91.4 x 127.6 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY.
Oil on canvas; 39 3/16 x 32 1/16 in (99.5 x 81.4 cm). Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.