Abigail Adams, Seven of Spades
Oil and acrylic on canvas 70 x 64"
Tina Mion ©1997
From the collection of Ava Swartz and Steven Isaacs
Abigail Adams was often left by her husband John to
take care of the farm during his frequent absences — once as America’s
representative in France, he was away for 4 years! They exchanged more
letters than any other first couple. In this painting, it is 5 A.M. John
is preparing to leave once again. Abigail is too distraught to eat, but
John is having sausages and plums. The hummingbird, attracted by the flowers
in Abigail’s hair, has become trapped — a metaphor for Abigail’s
responsibilities on the farm as John pursued his career. The red bow around
Abigail’s neck reinforces the connection between the bird and Abigail.
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