Samuel F. B. Morse

He invented Morse code, but he also painted.  For example:

Above is one of his two most famous pictures, commissioned (but never paid for) by Congress; below is the other:

After the jump, some of his portraits.

A child and her cat:

"Little Miss Hone"

Little Miss Hone

His mother:

Elizabeth Morse

Elizabeth Morse

The Muse,” a.k.a. his wife Susan:

Susan Walker Morse

Susan Walker Morse


  1. cymast

     /  October 8, 2008

    Morse’s use of red, gold, and black is spell-binding!

  2. acilius

     /  October 8, 2008

    It certainly is. He also seems genuinely to have liked women, I think these three portraits show that.

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