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Portrait of Susan Coren Towers

1796
(American, 1749–1831)
Framed: 8 x 6.6 cm (3 1/8 x 2 5/8 in.); Unframed: 7.1 x 5.6 cm (2 13/16 x 2 3/16 in.)
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Online fans of the Broadway musical Hamilton have frequently misidentified this image as a portrait of Peggy Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton’s sister-in-law.

Description

Susan Coren Towers was the daughter of a major in the Revolutionary War, and her husband was a successful woolen goods manufacturer. While little is known about Towers outside of her husband’s and father’s pursuits, Peale painted her with slightly asymmetrical clothing, bouncy curls, and a slight smirk, possible hints at her personality. While many portrait miniatures have compartments containing the sitter’s hair, this example holds hair from two individuals, likely Towers and a loved one.
Portrait of Susan Coren Towers

Portrait of Susan Coren Towers

1796

James Peale

(American, 1749–1831)
America, late 18th Century

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