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Samuel F. B. Morse

(1791 -  1872 )
morse samuel f. b. Alexander Calder

Sotheby's
Dec 2, 2010
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Samuel F. B. Morse - Portrait Of A Man

Samuel F. B. Morse - Portrait Of A Man

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Lot number: 33
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Mr. Henry Francis du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Osborne, Pebble Beach, California (given as a wedding gift from the above)

By descent in the family of the present owner

Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara Museum of Fine Art, American Portraits in California Collections, April 6 - May 8, 1966, no. 30

33

Samuel Finley Breese Morse

1791 - 1872

PORTRAIT OF A MAN

oil on panel

28 7/8 by 24 inches

(73.3 by 61 cm)

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Generally in good condition. A crack in panel at upper left, with two smaller at upper center. Under ultraviolet light: an old thick green varnish, scattered inpainting throughout, at top left background, in sitter's face, especially his left eyelid, and throughout the sitter's ascot.
Samuel F. B. Morse - Alexander Calder

Samuel F. B. Morse - Alexander Calder

Original 1820
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Lot number: 88
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LOT 88
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PHILIP AND CHARLOTTEHANES
SAMUEL F. B. MORSE
1791-1872
ALEXANDER CALDER
oil on canvas
30,000—50,000 USD
measurements
measurements
30 by 25 in.
alternate measurements
(76.2 by 63.5)
Painted circa 1820.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection, Washington, D.C.
Eunice Chambers, Hartsville, South Carolina
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1967

EXHIBITED
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Painter:Samuel Finley Breese Morse, 1932
New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Art Gallery, American Artfrom Alumni Collections, April-June, 1968
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Reynolda House, Museum of AmericanArt, Self-Image: The Portrait in American from Copley to Close,August 2006-January 2007

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES
William Kloss, Samuel F.B. Morse, New York, 1988, p. 59,illustrated
CATALOGUE NOTE
Samuel F.B. Morse, famous for his invention of the telegraph andco-founder of the Morse code, was also a highly accomplishedpainter. The son of a New England minister, he graduated from Yalein 1810 and embarked on his artistic career. He traveled to Londonin 1811, and studied historical painting which was then consideredthe highest form of artistic expression. Morse's time in London wastransformative as he experienced the appreciation and encouragementbehind the arts that was lacking in America. Morse returned to America in 1815 and set up a studio in Boston,Massachusetts. Although he was attracting attention as an artist hewas not profiting financially. From 1817 to 1819, Morse traveledextensively to find work and spent his winters in Charlestown,South Carolina. Word spread of his artistic talent and he wassubsequently commissioned to paint portraits of leading citizens.Morse was eventually introduced to Alexander Calder, (1771-1849)the well-established cabinetmaker and builder. Calder was born inScotland and eventually moved to Charlestown by 1796. Not only washe famous for his fine cabinetry and furniture making, he was alsoa shipbuilder and business owner. Morse's portrait speaks toCalder's powerful name and status that had spread throughout theSouth.
"In Morse's fine portrait, Calder is a confident, upright,unaffected Scotsman. His ruddy-skinned, heavy-lidded face shinesout atop a powerful torso clad in a dark green jacket and crispwhite stock and collar. The rather arbitrary bold red swatch ofdrapery at the right makes an effective counterpoint to the darkjacket, while the aquamarine sky touched with rose lends a quietnote of approaching evening." (William Kloss,
Samuel F.B.Morse
, 1988, p. 62)
Samuel F. B. Morse - Thomas Addis Emmet

Samuel F. B. Morse - Thomas Addis Emmet

Original 1820
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Lot number: 424
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LOT 424
SAMUEL F. B. MORSE 1791-1872
THOMAS ADDIS EMMET (1764-1827)
5,000—15,000 USD
measurements
30 in. by 25 in.
Description
painted circa 1820. unlined; appears to retain original frameand stretcher. A paper label attached to the stretcher states:Thomas Addis Emmet (1764-1827) Irish painter, lawyer, andAttorney-General for the state of New York, 1812. Received from TheNew York Law Institute through Miss Lydia Field Emmet, 1946.
oil on canvas
PROVENANCE
Emmett was Attorney General for the State of New York and a goodfriend of Hugh Maxwell (see following lot). On his death in 1873,Maxwell left this portrait and his silver vase to the New York LawInstitute.
EXHIBITED
The Smithsonian Institution, The National Portrait Gallery,Washington, D.C.
CATALOGUE NOTE
Throughout his legal career. Thomas Emmet was involved inquestions of constitutional and international law, and appearedoften before the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing beforeJohn Marshall, who presided as Chief Justice from 1801-1835.Acommemorative pillar for Emmet was erected at St. Paul's Church onlower Broadway in New York City. For further information on Emmet, see History of the Bench andBar of New York, Volume II, New York History Company, NassauStreet, 1897, pp. 319-320.
Samuel F. B. Morse - Diana At The Fountain

Samuel F. B. Morse - Diana At The Fountain

Original 1813
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Lot number: 35
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Harman Visger, England (purchased from the artist as a commission)

Mrs. M.E. Pearce (sold: Sotheby's, London, December 9, 1981, lot 206, illustrated in the catalogue)

Private Collection

35

SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Samuel Finley Breese Morse

1791 - 1872

DIANA AT THE FOUNTAIN

signed Morse and dated 1813 (lower right)

oil on canvas

30 1/2 by 26 inches

(77.5 by 66 cm)

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Canvas is lined with a very old, nice, lining. SURFACE: in good condition, generally; there is some compression to surface from relining, although pigment retention is good UNDER ULTRA VIOLET: hard to see through old varnish; strengthening to the drapery of two of the figures (the one at left and the standing one on right)
Samuel F. B. Morse - Girl In Red Gown

Samuel F. B. Morse - Girl In Red Gown

Attributed 1830
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Lot number: 89
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PROPERTY SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITION FUND OF THE DENVER ART MUSEUM Attributed to Samuel F. B. Morse 1791-1872 oil on canvas 30 by 25 inches (76.2 by 63.5 cm) Painted circa 1830. David David, Inc., Philadelphia Acquired from the above, 1961 New York, Hirschl & Adler, 300Years of American Painting, 1961
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