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Samuel F. B. Morse

1831 Horatio Greenough Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1805 Died: Somerville, Massachusetts 1852 marble 19 1/2 x 12 x 8 3/4 in. (49.5 x 30.5 x 22.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Edward L. Morse 1919.1.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, South Wing


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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

Keywords

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - painter

Occupation - art - sculptor

Occupation - science - inventor

Portrait male - Morse, Samuel F.B. - bust

Portrait male - Morse, Samuel F.B. - nude

sculpture

stone - marble

About Horatio Greenough

Born: Boston, Massachusetts 1805 Died: Somerville, Massachusetts 1852

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