Rare and Unique Portrait of Alexander Hamilton:
(late 18th century)
Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, possibly from life, unsigned, sepia tones and black watercolor on wove paper, in painted suggestion of an oval, sheet 5-1/4 x 4 in.; fine period figural carved gilt wood and composition frame, 17 x 13 in.
Note: This painting is accompanied by a letter from art historian Dr. Lisa N. Peters, examining possible attributions and related works.
Provenance: Descended in the family of Alexander Hamilton; Estate of William Haring Hamilton, New Jersey; Private Collection
sheet with creases at all edges from being folded, (not impinging on image at all), evidence of painted oval, probable toning overall, floated on backing board, stain or watercolor across lower portion of nose; frame with wear and some cracking, glue remnants at base of eagle