Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Samuel F. B. Morse

Byron M. Pickett (ca. 1834–1907)
ca. 1870
15 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 9 3/8 in. (39.4 x 32.4 x 23.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Joseph G. Reinis, 1998
Accession Number:
Not on view
Pickett's bust-length portrait of Morse is related to his over-lifesize bronze statue of the artist-inventor, dedicated in 1871 in Central Park. The elderly bearded Morse is portrayed in contemporary dress with cloaked shoulders. His drape and unincised pupils are typical neoclassical portrait devices that persisted well into the nineteenth century. This blend of realism and classicism exemplifies the portrait style favored by such other New York-based sculptors as Henry Kirke Brown, John Quincy Adams Ward, William O'Donovan, and Launt Thompson.
Inscription: [front of base]: MORSE.; [underside of base, in black paint]: B.M. PICKETT. Sc.
Probably in auction of the William Lanier Washington collection, American Art Association, February 6-7, 1920, lot 335; Joseph G. Renis, by mid 1970s.
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