Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Alexander Hamilton (Hamilton Grange): OMOM Essay 53

In "About the Sculpture" I discuss how this portrait at Hamilton Grange differs from the three other Hamilton sculptures in Manhattan. For images of all four, see the introduction to the transcript of my walking tour of Hamilton sculptures.

"About the Subject" in Outdoor Monuments of Manhattan recounts Hamilton's organization of the country's finances as first secretary of the Treasury, 1790-1795. I couldn't resist also mentioning one of Hamilton's most appealing characteristics: he was an immigrant who fell in love with New York, never wanted to live elsewhere, and became one of the city's most energetic promoters. I never cease to be grateful that he and Jefferson agreed to send the feds south.

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