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Samuel F. B. Morse

Samuel F. B. Morse
Artist
Horatio Greenough, born Boston, MA 1805-died Somerville, MA 1852
Sitter
Samuel F.B. Morse
Samuel F.B. Morse
Date
1831
Type
Sculpture
Medium
marble
Dimensions
19 1/2 x 12 x 8 3/4 in. (49.5 x 30.5 x 22.2 cm.)
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Edward L. Morse
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
1919.1.1
Exhibition Label
Samuel F. B. Morse began his career as an artist and produced a series of highly acclaimed paintings, including portraits of the most celebrated people of the day. While working as a painter, he labored to instill in his fellow Americans the idea of the vital role of the arts in the development of the United States. Because of a lack of steady patronage, Morse ultimately abandoned art and devoted his time to developing the electromagnetic telegraph he unveiled in 1837.
The Great American Hall of Wonders, 2011
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2nd Floor, South Wing