Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Join Bruce Weber, Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Museum of the City of New York, for a series of gallery tours to explore and discover some of New York City’s prominent figures in the exhibition, "Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700 – 1860."
The second tour in this series will focus on two of the exhibition’s best-known portraits, featuring Alexander and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton. The portrait of Alexander Hamilton was painted by John Trumball shortly after Hamilton was killed in a duel with his political adversary, Aaron Burr. Following his death, portraits of Hamilton were in such great demand that Trumball created at least eight replicas of this painting. It would later serve as the basis for Hamilton’s likeness on the $10 bill. With similarly dramatic origins, the exhibition’s 1787 portrait of Elizabeth Hamilton was painted in a debtor’s prison, where the artist, Ralph Earl, was incarcerated.
Use promo code PIC for discounted tickets of $10 (regularly $20).