New York: Ca. 1860 & 1880. Photograph of the famed New York mansion which became George Washington's headquarters in Manhattan in the fall of 1776, and from which he won his first victory of the war, the Battle of Harlem Heights.
Accompanied by a lithographic portrait of the wife of the second owner of the house, the shrewd socialite and real estate owner Eliza Jumel (1775 - 1865), who later married Aaron Burr. This connection to Alexander Hamilton led Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton' to find inspiration in Aaron Burr's bedroom at the mansion, writing some of the music there.
Eliza and her wealthy wine merchant first husband Stephen Jumel purchased the Morris mansion in 1810. After Jumel died, Madam Jumel married the 77 year old former Vice President, Aaron Burr, who famously killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel at Weehawken NJ. The Jumel-Burr marriage lasted a very short time, with Madam Jumel filing for divorce on the grounds that Burr was after her money and hiring Alexander Hamilton's son as her divorce attorney!
The lithographic portrait is titled "Madam Jumel", oval measuring 6 x 8", on thick paper 9 1/2 x 12". ca. 1860 The albumen photograph of the mansion titled in white at the bottom edge of the photo, "80. "The Jumel Mansion" 160th St., NY, Once Headquarters of Gen Washington." 7 x 6 1/2" laid down on card stock 12 x 9 1/4" Ca. 1880. Very good condition. Item #23546