. The Cranches had recently moved from the Germantown district of Braintree to Salem,
where Richard Cranch established a watch and clockmaking business. Probably during
either this first visit of the Adamses to the Cranches, or during a second visit in
November of this year (see 3 Nov.
, below), JA
sat for their earliest known portraits, by Benjamin Blyth, a young and relatively
little-known painter then working in Salem; see Henry Wilder Foote,“Benjamin Blyth
of Salem: 18th Century Artist,” MHS, Procs.
, 71 (1953–1957):69–71, 81–82. It is curious that JA
says nothing in his Diary of these portraits, which now hang in the library of the
Massachusetts Historical Society.