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Copyright New York State Historical Association and/or The Farmers' Museum, Inc.
Object ID N0214.1948
Title Catherine Ann Russell Nelson (1798-1875)
Artist Morse, Samuel Finley Breese
Object Name Painting
Early Date 1822
Late Date 1832
Exhibit label line3 Samuel F.B. Morse painted Samuel Nelson (1792-1873) and his wife Catherine Ann Russell Nelson (1798-1875) in the late 1820s when Morse spent the summer in Cherry Valley, New York, at the invitation of his cousin, James Otis Morse. A leading figure in Cooperstown, Samuel Nelson had a long, successful law career. He was Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court and later served as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. His summer law office is now located at The Farmers' Museum (the sister museum to Fenimore Art Museum) in Cooperstown.

Best remembered as the inventor of the Morse code and the telegraph, Morse originally intended to be an artist. He studied with Benjamin West in London and aspired to be a history painter. However, finding that the majority of his commissions were for portraiture, he stopped painting in 1837.
Description Portrait of Catherine Ann Russell Nelson (1798-1875)
Classification Academic Art--Painting/Drawing--Portraits--Human
Dimensions H-32 W-26 inches
Material Oil on canvas

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Last modified on: November 04, 2005