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Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton

1883, remodeled 1905 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907 Louis Saint-Gaudens (Remodeler) relief/metal: bronze 35 1/8 x 24 in. (89.1 x 61.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Donald C. Starr 1970.40 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 17A


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“[Dr. Hamilton] had all the qualities of a great orator . . . extensive knowledge, and the logical force and imaginative glow which make a strong man under excitement absolutely irresistible.” New York Times, April 28, 1881

Luce Center Label

Alexander Hamilton Vinton (1807-1881) was a prominent Episcopalian minister. He entered the ministry in 1828 after receiving his master’s in divinity from Yale. In 1877, after a long and influential career, Vinton left Emmanuel Church in Boston to retire to Connecticut with his wife. Four years later the parish commissioned Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create this commemorative portrait. In earlier versions, the sculptor represented Vinton at the pulpit with his arm raised in speech. The final version, however, does not present the rector as an orator, but as a scholarly theologian clasping a Bible to his chest, his fingers marking various pages.

Keywords

Dress - ecclesiastical

Occupation - religion - clergy

Portrait male - Vinton, Alexander Hamilton - bust

sculpture

metal - bronze

About Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Born: Dublin, Ireland 1848 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1907

About Louis Saint-Gaudens

Born: New York, New York 1854 Died: Cornish, New Hampshire 1913

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