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John Quincy Adams Ward

Henry Augustus Loop (1831–1895)
Oil on panel
7 3/8 × 6 1/8 in. (18.7 × 15.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Morrison and Fenella Heckscher, 1992
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 740
Best known as a portraitist, Loop was a popular choice among artists who were newly elected as associate Academicians to the National Academy of Design to satisfy the requirement that they provide portraits of themselves. The realist sculptor John Quincy Adams Ward (1830-1910) was elected an associate of the Academy in 1862 and a full Academician in 1863, later serving as president of the organization in 1873-74, the first sculptor to do so. This cabinet-sized likeness on panel is presumably a study for or reduced replica after Ward’s presentation portrait on canvas (19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.) by Loop in the National Academy’s collection. Both depict the artist in a three-quarter bust-length pose against a monochromatic background. Ward has a full red beard and moustache and appears in contemporary dress—white shirt, brown bow tie and vest, and a black coat. The Metropolitan’s version descended in the family of Eliza Ward Thomas, Ward’s eldest sister, and remains in its original frame.
Inscription: signed (lower right): HAL
signed and dated (verso) H.A. Loop/ 1863
Eliza Ward Thomas (the artist's sister); by descent in family to her great-granddaughter, Mrs. Oliver Shipp; Morrison and Fenella Heckscher, 1985- 1992
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