Presented is a Jacques Reich etched head and shoulders portrait of Alexander Hamilton. Reich completed the portrait in 1904.
Jacques Reich was Hungarian-born portrait etcher, active mainly in the United States. After studying at the National Academy of Design in New York and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Reich established a studio in New York City in 1885. Working on private commissions and portrait designs for Appelton’s Cyclopaedia of American Biography and Scribner’s Cylodaedia of Painters and Paintings, Reich honed his portraiture technique and skill. In the early 1890s, Reich began working on copper plates, etching a series of 14 portraits of American and English artists, writers, and poets.
Reich completed a series of etched portraits titled “Famous Americans”, which number 25 subjects, and include Hamilton, Franklin, Carnegie, Curtis, Roosevelt, Washington, Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, as displayed here.
The Hamilton portrait is a beautifully executed etching, printed in 1904. Reich based his portrait off the famous John Trumbull oil painting of Hamilton. There was a great public demand for portraits of Hamilton after his death by duel with Aaron Burr, and Trumbull painted several of Hamilton between the years 1804 and 1806. Trumbull based all of his Hamilton paintings from an earlier portrait he had made from life.
During the Revolutionary War, Alexander Hamilton (1757–1804) distinguished himself by his intellect and military savvy. He later served in the Continental Congress, where he advocated a strong central government. He is best known for his activities as secretary of the treasury under George Washington and for his crucial role in establishing the first national bank, The Bank of New York.
Very good condition. Paper is healthy and the impression is strong. Print has been archivally matted with a creamy acid-free top and bottom mat.
Diimensions: 29 1/4"H x 24" W x 1/8" D
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