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Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton

Rev. Dr. Alexander Hamilton Vinton
Artist
Augustus Saint-Gaudens, born Dublin, Ireland 1848-died Cornish, NH 1907
Remodeler
Louis Saint-Gaudens, born New York City 1854-died Cornish, NH 1913
Sitter
Alexander Hamilton Vinton
Date
1883, remodeled 1905
Type
Sculpture
Medium
relief/metal: bronze
Dimensions
35 1/8 x 24 in. (89.1 x 61.0 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Donald C. Starr
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1970.40
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.
Luce Object Quote
“[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
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Department
Painting and Sculpture