Samuel F. B. Morse

  • Horatio Greenough, Samuel F. B. Morse, 1831, marble, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Edward L. Morse, 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

Title
Samuel F. B. Morse
Artists
Date
1831
On View
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

Mediums
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Morse, Samuel F.B. – bust
  • Portrait male – Morse, Samuel F.B. – nude
  • Occupation – science – inventor
  • Occupation – art – sculptor
  • Occupation – art – painter
Object Number
1919.1.1
Palette
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