Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)
Late 18th or early 19th century
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 22 3/4 × 19 in. (57.8 × 48.3 cm) Framed: 27 1/4 × 23 1/4 × 2 1/2 in. (69.2 × 59.1 × 6.4 cm)
In 1791 Charles W. Peale painted a portrait of Hamilton for his museum in Philadelphia; this portrait, now in Independence Hall, shows the subject in civilian dress. The unidentified artist of the Society's portrait copied this likeness, except that Hamilton is shown in military uniform. William Sawitzky has suggested that the artist may be a member of the Peale family.
Sellers, Charles Coleman, Portraits and Miniatures by Charles Willson Peale, The Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 42, Part I, Philadelphia: 1952, pp. 96-7. Mackay, Margaret G., Your Country's Story: Pioneers, Builders, Leaders, Boston: Ginn and Company, 1961, p. 155. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, p. 326. Miller, Lillian B., ed., The Selected Papers of Charles Willson Peale and his family. New Haven: Published for the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution by Yale University Press, c. 1983, fig. 7. Miller, Lillian B. and Ward, David C., eds., New Perspectives on Charles Willson Peale. A 250th Anniversary Celebration. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1991, p. 91.
Gift of Duncan C. Pell
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.