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The Alexander Contee Hanson Family


Group portrait shows Alexander Contee Hanson, Sr (1749-1806) with his family seated outdoors. His wife, Rebecca Howard Hanson (c.1760-1806) holds the infant Alexander Hanson, Jr (1786-1819) in her lap with her right arm while their older son, George Hanson (b.1784) stands and plays with a dog. An enslaved African American girl wearing a headband, a red skirt and a white blouse with a low wide neckline stands in shadow at left, facing the family. A willow tree and ocean with sailing vessel are visible in the background.


circa 1787


Oil on canvas


59 H x 47 W inches

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Partial purchase through the Dr. Michael and Marie Abrams Memorial Fund, John D. Teeter Fund, Dangerfield Fund; and a partial gift of Elaine M. and Terrence O. Winner

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Digital resource provided by the Maryland Center for History and Culture


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