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93
[Alexander Hamilton]
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, MAJOR GENERAL OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY &C. &C. NEW YORK: COLUMBIA ACADEMY OF PAINTING [ARCHIBALD ROBERTSON] & BY WILLIAM ROLLINSON, SEPT. 1, 1804
Estimate
12,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
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93
[Alexander Hamilton]
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, MAJOR GENERAL OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY &C. &C. NEW YORK: COLUMBIA ACADEMY OF PAINTING [ARCHIBALD ROBERTSON] & BY WILLIAM ROLLINSON, SEPT. 1, 1804
Estimate
12,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography

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[Alexander Hamilton]
ALEXANDER HAMILTON, MAJOR GENERAL OF THE ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY &C. &C. NEW YORK: COLUMBIA ACADEMY OF PAINTING [ARCHIBALD ROBERTSON] & BY WILLIAM ROLLINSON, SEPT. 1, 1804
Large broadside (23 1/4 x 17 1/2 in.; 590 x 445 mm), stipple engraving, untrimmed. PROVENANCE: Thomas Jefferson McKee
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Literature

Bland & Northcott, "The Life Portraits of Alexander Hamilton," in William & Mary Quarterly (April, 1955), pp.187-98, fig. 13; Sale VIII 7253; Shadwell, American Printmaking "The First 150 Years" 93 ("first state"); Stauffer 2709

Catalogue Note

MEMORIAL PORTRAIT OF ALEXANDER HAMILTON: THE FIRST UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY. First state of two, and called by Wendy Shadwell "the finest American stipple engraving." 

In the engraving, the books on a shelf beside Hamilton resemble the two-volume 1802 edition of The Federalist, of which he was a primary author, and nearby is a document entitled "Report on Funding the Public Debt." Above these are shown Hamilton's sword, military cap, and a rolled map, commemorating his Revolutionary War service as George Washington's aide-de-camp. In pose and setting, it is reminiscent of John Trumbull's 1804 portrait of Hamilton.

Archibald Robertson was born in Scotland, and received his initial art training there before moving to London, where he studied with both Sir Joshua Reynolds and Benjamin West. He was invited to America by Dr. John Kemp of Columbia College and arrived in 1791. In 1792 his brother Alexander, also an artist, joined him, and together they operated the Columbian Academy of Painting, one of the earliest art schools in America. The Academy is given as one of the two addresses from which the present print was available. The other address is that of English-born engraver William Rollinson.

Fine Printed and Manuscript Americana, Including Cartography

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