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Miniature Portraits
The museum has a strong collection of approximately 200 miniatures that reflect the history of miniature painting in America, particularly its development in New York during the period 1750-1850. Among the artists featured are John Ramage, Mary Way, and John Wood Dodge. A major high point of the collection is Charles Willson Peale’s portrait of Alexander Hamilton (1777).
Richard Varick

Richard Varick

Braided brown hair is encased under glass on the back of the portrait.

Mrs. Hanna Ann Ogden Johnson

Mrs. Hanna Ann Ogden Johnson


George Stevens Schermerhorn

George Stevens Schermerhorn

A lock of brown hair is encased under glass on the back of the portrait.

George Brinckerhoff

George Brinckerhoff

The sitter married Elizabeth Burt Howland and they had four children.

Maria Isabella Grim Schermerhorn

Maria Isabella Grim Schermerhorn

A lock of hair is encased under glass on the back of the portrait.

Thomas Fleet Youngs

Thomas Fleet Youngs

The sitter was the son of Thomas and Catherine Toleias Youngs and married Henrietta Saye Graham of Morrissania....

John Lawrance (Laurance)

John Lawrance (Laurance)


Helen and Melville Brown

Helen and Melville Brown

Children of Stewart and Mary Ann Abbott Brown.

Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Hamilton

Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Hamilton


James H. Roosevelt

James H. Roosevelt

In gilded oval frame; braided hair under glass on verso.

George Buchanan

George Buchanan

Portrait of George Buchanan (1775-1844).

Miss and Master Morris

Miss and Master Morris


Mary Hosack (Mrs. Jacob Harvey)

Mary Hosack (Mrs. Jacob Harvey)


Peter Schuyler Livingston

Peter Schuyler Livingston


Jonathan Dayton Williamson

Jonathan Dayton Williamson


John Peter Schermerhorn

John Peter Schermerhorn


Mrs. Stephen Whitney

Mrs. Stephen Whitney

Portrait of Mrs. Stephen Whitney (Harriet Suydam Whitney) in gilded red velvet frame.

Mrs. John Penfold (Phoebe Ann Willis)

Mrs. John Penfold (Phoebe Ann Willis)


Colonel Robert Williamson

Colonel Robert Williamson


Alexander McDougall

Alexander McDougall


Elizabeth Root Borst

Elizabeth Root Borst

Portrait of Elizabeth Root Borst (1815-1874).

Mrs. Valentine Mott (Louisa Dunmore Munn)

Mrs. Valentine Mott (Louisa Dunmore Munn)


Colonel Beverly Robinson

Colonel Beverly Robinson


Jan Cornelis van den Heuvel

Jan Cornelis van den Heuvel

Portrait of Jan Cornelis van den Heuvel (1742-1826). A lock of brown hair on mother of pearl on verso....

Elise Justine Bayard

Elise Justine Bayard

Portrait of Elise Justine Bayard (1823-1853), attributed to George Augustus Baker.

Sidney Augustus Holly

Sidney Augustus Holly

Portrait of Sidney Augustus Holly (1802-1842), son-in-law of Alexander Hamilton. Lock of brown hair under...

Mr. Root

Mr. Root

Portrait of Mr. Root (1795-1845). Braided brown hair under glass on verso. Original red box.

Daniel Giraud Elliot

Daniel Giraud Elliot


Augusta Temple Winthrop (Mrs. John Smythe Rogers)

Augusta Temple Winthrop (Mrs. John Smythe Rogers)

Portrait of Augusta Temple Winthrop (1793-1828).

Henry Dudley, Jr.

Henry Dudley, Jr.

Portrait of Henry Dudley, Jr. (1837-1900), centerpiece of gold bracelet.

Mrs. Henry Whitney (née Hannah Eugenia Lawrence)

Mrs. Henry Whitney (née Hannah Eugenia Lawrence)

Portrait of Mrs. Henry Whitney (née Hannah Eugenia Lawrence, approximately 1815-1844.)

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