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    John Quincy Adams, rare signed portrait "John Quincy Adams" in the bottom margin of a 3.25 x 4.5 inch bust engraving of Adams just below a printed example of his signature. On the verso the original recipient, David Lambert, writes "Washington, June 6, 1842 The lower signature on the other side was written my Mr. Adams on this day" Below his statement of provenance, he has penned an excerpt from Byron's epic poem, "The Siege off Corinth" alluding to Adams' staunch position opposing slavery: "There stood an old man --- his hairs were white, But his veteran arm was full of might x x x x x Though aged, he was so iron of limb, Few of our youth could cope with him, And the foes, whom he singly kept at bay, Outnumber'd his thin hairs of silver grey." American Book Prices Current references only five examples selling in the past 30 years. Housed in a tasteful frame and mat (8.5 x 10.5 in.) allowing viewing of both sides. Moderate soiling and surface abrasions, minor holes at edges, small tear below image but clear of signature, else very good. A rare portrait with excellent provenance.

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    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
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