Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 67

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(FOUNDING FATHERS.) Cornelius Tiebout, engraver; after Barralet In Memory of Gen'l Alex'r Hamilton. Stipple engraving, 12 x 16 inches; trimmed with partial loss to imprint line, 4 spots of foxing, 1/2-inch repaired hole in image area, corner-mounted to modern mat board. [Philadelphia?]: James Savage, circa 1804

Additional Details

A monument to Hamilton bears his portrait on an urn. It is attended by an eagle perched above, a woman and baby to the left, and a mourning goddess of war to the right. A sword and cannonball allude to his services in the Revolution. The cause of his death is indicated by the two crossed pistols beneath the urn, and at left, the grinning figure of Death holds a tablet representing the Ten Commandments, chillingly pointing to VI: thou shalt not kill. Only one in OCLC (American Antiquarian Society), and no other examples traced at auction.