John Trumbull

Alexander Hamilton (pair)

Etchings Undated, c.1890
9 1/4 x 7 1/4" and 9 3/8 x 7 1/4"
Good condition. Crease in upper right on one. b/w
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 92561
Price: $750.00
Publisher :
An unusual pair of working proofs that show the development of the plate. Though very similar, these are printed from two completely different plates. No finished examples of either plate located. Neither plate signed. Pencil note on verso of one states "Early trial proof - Etching by T. Johnson - Very scarce - Unique".

Thomas G. Johnson (1844-1904) Engraver, both wood and metal. Trained with F. Williams. He worked in Brooklyn, New York. Among his works are a portrait of the American philanthropist Peter Cooper, the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow engraved on wood, and etched portraits of Abraham Lincoln, Franz Liszt and Walt W. Whitman.

Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was one of the founding fathers of the newly formed United States. In 1776 he became and aid to General Washington and later his Chief of Staff. He was one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the Constitution and a major contributor to The Federalist Papers. Another of his highly important roles was being the 1st Secretary of the Treasury and founder of the nation's financial system. He was also founder of the “Federalist Party, the first American political party which favored a strong National Government. Unfortunately, he also was a bitter enemy of Aaron Burr who in 1804 challenged and killed Hamilton in a duel. After the painting by John Trumbull.

Sold as a pair.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Portraits , Revolutionary War Figures