Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton

  • Louis Saint-Gaudens, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton, 1883, remodeled 1905, 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.

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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
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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

  • Occupation – religion – clergy
  • Dress – ecclesiastical
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