KLOSS, William MORSE, Samuel F.B.
Title: Samuel F.B. Morse. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Harry N. Abrams / National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, New York , 1988, ISBN:0810915316
Seller ID: 98049
(MORSE, Samuel F.B.). KLOSS, William. Samuel F.B. Morse. New York : Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers "in association with the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution", (1988). First Edition. Pp (5),6-160. Illustrated. Index. 4to, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872) was an American contributor to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs, co-inventor of the Morse code, and an accomplished painter. "Do you suppose it is the same Morse?" This question is often heard when people are viewing paintings by Samuel E B. Morse in museums. Those who do not know that he painted are surprised to find that the inventor of the telegraph was also an artist. This volume in the acclaimed Library of American Art presents a substantial number of Morse's paintings, examines them critically, and traces the artistic and intellectual life of an intriguing man who not only changed history withhis invention, but recorded history with his painting. That it was a recor d of American people rather than American events was a disappointment for Morse. It should not be for us. We can recognize, as James Thomas Flexner did thirty years ago, that Morse practiced portraiture "without affectation [and] gave full sway to that creative realism" which was the special mark ofhis genius. William Kloss is the author also of a volume documenting the t reasures of the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution. In Samuel E B. Morse he explores how the art world developed in America in the early nineteenth century, one of its important formative periods. He weaves the passions and politics of art together with the events of the day. He explains the growth of the American art market and the influences of Europe and England on American artists, adding numerous quotations by or about Morse's sitters, many of which have been culled from genealogies, memoirs, diaries, and other generally inaccessible records. The resulting textoffers a colorful and coherent story that has great relevance to an unders tanding of the art world of our own day. A chronology, bibliography, and index round out the volume." (from the dustjacket). Contents : Introduction.I. "I Was Made for a Painter." II. "The Intellectual Branch of the Art." I II. "Mr. Morse, from Boston." IV. "I Migrate to Charleston." V. "The National Hall." VI. "Promoting the Arts." VII. "Exertions and Sacrifices." VIII. "INever Was a Painter." Chronology. ADDITIONAL SHIPPING CHARGES WILL BE REQUIRED DUE TO ITS WEIGHT. Very good in dustjacket. 30.00