Samuel F. B. Morse

Media - 1919.1.1 - SAAM-1919.1.1_1 - 248
Copied Horatio Greenough, Samuel F. B. Morse, 1831, marble, 19 12128 34 in. (49.530.522.2 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Edward L. Morse, 1919.1.1
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Artwork Details

Title
Samuel F. B. Morse
Date
1831
Dimensions
19 12128 34 in. (49.530.522.2 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Edward L. Morse
Mediums
Mediums Description
marble
Classifications
Highlights
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
Object Number
1919.1.1

Artwork Description

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