Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton

  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton, 1883, remodeled 1905, relief/metal: bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Donald C. Starr, 1970.40

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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.

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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

Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton
1883, remodeled 1905
Not on view
35 1/8 x 24 in. (89.1 x 61.0 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Donald C. Starr

Mediums Description
relief/metal: bronze
  • Occupation – religion – clergy
  • Dress – ecclesiastical
  • Portrait male – Vinton, Alexander Hamilton – bust
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