Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804)
Oil on canvas
canvas: 30 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. ( 77.5 x 64.8 cm ) frame: 39 3/4 x 34 7/8 x 5 in. ( 101 x 88.6 x 12.7 cm )
Trumbull spent the years 1794 to 1804 in England as a member of the Jay Treaty Commission. Upon his return to America he found portraits of Hamilton in great demand and, using his own 1792 bust-length portrait and the bust of Ceracchi as models, created this, his second type of Hamilton portrait. Theodore Sizer, Trumbull's biographer, has catalogued eight of this second type.
Sizer, Theodore, The Works of Colonel John Trumbull: Artist of the American Revolution, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1967, pp. 36-8. Catalogue of American Portraits in The New-York Historical Society, New Haven: Yale University Press, Vol. 1, 1974, pp. 325-6.
Gift of Thomas Jefferson Bryan
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