Schuyler Sisters Featured at Albany Institute of Art

Hamilton musical fans will be delighted to see the that the Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle is now open at the Albany Institute of Art. Running now through December 29th, the exhibit will highlight the role the sisters played in American history, including Eliza’s front-row seat as the first lady of our nation.

The Schuylers were a prominent Dutch family in New York in the 18th and 19th centuries, who played a central role in the formation of the United States. Renowned Revolutionary War general Philip Schuyler (1733-1804) and his wife Catharine Van Rensselaer (1734-1803) raised eight children in their Albany home. Interest in the Schuyler family has increased in recent years because of the Tony Award-winning Broadway show, which prominently features the three eldest Schuyler daughters: Angelica Schuyler Church, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, and Margaret (Peggy) Schuyler Van Rensselaer.

The exhibition features clothing, decorative arts, portraits, and manuscripts from the Revolutionary Period to the Federal Period to tell the stories of the Schuyler women. The Albany Institute has secured the loan of the rarely exhibited John Trumbull portrait of Angelica Schuyler Church with her child and servant from a private collection, and significant loans from Columbia University, New-York Historical Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of the City of New York among many others. This is a major loan exhibition. Twenty-six public and private institutions and individuals have lent their treasures to this exhibition. For the first time, objects associated with the Schuyler sisters will be brought together in their hometown and displayed in the museum’s second-floor galleries.

A number of exciting talks and events will be occurring at the museum through the fall. Check out the website for more details.

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