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Identification and Creation
Object Number
HUCL.42
People
Joseph Pope, American (1750 - 1826)
Title
The Murdock Clock
Classification
Timepieces
Work Type
clock
Date
c. 1780
Culture
American
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/305401
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Mahogany veneer on oak ; (dial English pine) used in bonnet
Dimensions
252 x 53 x 25 cm (99 3/16 x 20 7/8 x 9 13/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: on dial: Jos. Pope/Boston
  • inscription: rear wall inside clock: The Murdock Clock
  • inscription: inside door: Joseph Pope/Born in Boston 1750/Learned trade in Maryland/Returned to Boston - 1773/Started work on the Orrery ca. 1776/Orrery purchased by lottery/and given to Harvard - 1789/Only 4 known clocks, not/including this one/Died in Maine 1826
  • inscription: paper label inside clock on door: Given by Professor Murdock (Master 1931-41)
Provenance

Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard University Clock Collection, Gift of Professor Murdock, Master of Leverett House, to Leverett House, 1931-41
Object Number
HUCL.42
Division
European and American Art
Contact
am_europeanamerican@harvard.edu
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