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Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1755–1804)

Object Name: Bust
Date: ca. 1800-1805
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Medium: Painted plaster
Dimensions: Overall: 24 x 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. ( 61 x 31.8 x 21.6 cm )
Description: Truncated plaster portrait bust, painted white to simulate marble, of Alexander Hamilton in the guise of a Roman Senator.
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Object Number: 1809.1
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Inscribed: Inscribed at center of back in pencil: "S-24"

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This bust is one of several copies made by Dixey after the ca. 1793 marble original by the Italian sculptor, Giuseppe Ceracchi (see 1928.19). Images of Hamilton were in great demand following his tragic death in 1804, and Dixey, like the portraitist John Trumbull, produced and sold numerous replicas. Dixey began producing these busts two months after Hamilton's death.

Bibliography:

NYHS/CAP, 1974, 1:324

NY Evening Post, September 18, 1804;

Dunlap, 1969 ed., 1:390-91.

Thieme-Becker, 9:340

Redgrave, Dict. of Art, 1878; Taft, Hist. of Amer. Sculp., 1903, p. 19 f.

Benezit, 3:280.

Dict. of Irish Artists, vol 1, 1913.

Exhibitions:

"Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America," New-York Historical Society, August 28, 2004–February 28, 2005.

"Year of Hamilton," Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA, September 17–September 23, 2019.