53rd inaugural luncheon
by Thomas Sully
Oil on canvas, 1856
by Eliphalet Frazer Andrews
Oil on canvas, 1881
In recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Inauguration of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as President and Vice President of the United States, portraits of the two statesmen were chosen to be displayed at the 1997 Inaugural Luncheon.
The portrait of John Adams is by American artist Eliphalet F. Andrews. It is a reversed-image copy of the 1860 George P.A. Healy work now held by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The Healy portrait was based on Gilbert Stuart's life portrait that hung at the Adams's Quincy, Massachusetts, homestead for many years. The Andrew's portrait of Adams was purchased for the Capitol directly from the artist in 1881. The painting of Thomas Jefferson is by noted American artist Thomas Sully. In 1821 Sully traveled to Monticello to capture a likeness of Jefferson for the United States Military Academy at West Point. A copy of the West Point portrait, created by the artist, was purchased by Congress from the artist's grandson in 1873. Both the Adams and Jefferson portraits are currently on view in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room in the Capitol.
The President and Vice President received hand-cut crystal bowls from Lenox Crystal. Guests received a polished brass magnifier of the Adams-Jefferson era.