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Hamilton's First Meeting with George Washington
1856
Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887)
USA: New York, Brooklyn (Probably)
Oil on canvas
framed: 38 3/4 x 32 7/8 in.; 98.425 x 83.5025 cm
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Manney
79.78.1

"Hamilton's First Meeting with George Washington"; scene shows George Washington and Alexander Hamilton wearing military uniforms, standing center; Washington holds horse; men digging trench in background; painted in brown, blue, red, beige, white, black; signed "Chappell / 56" on bottom center.


History painter Alonzo Chappel was born in New York City in 1828. By the age of 12, he would set up his easel on New York sidewalks and charge passersby $5 or $10 to paint their portraits. Chappel took at least one class at New York's National Academy of Design and later exhibited his work at the Academy and in other New York venues. In the 1850s, he was introduced to Henry J. Johnson of publishing firm Martin, Johnson and Company. Chappel accepted Johnson's offer to design illustrations for John Frederick Schroeder's Life and Times of Washington, which was published in 1857 and included this image. Chappel continued to paint in New York and in Brooklyn until his death in 1887.



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