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Identification and Creation

Object Number
Samuel Finley Breese Morse, American (Charlestown, MA 1791 - 1872 New York, NY)
Nathan Parker (1782 - 1833)
Nathan Parker (1782-1833)
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Oil on millboard
30.3 x 25.4 cm (11 15/16 x 10 in.)
framed: 39 x 33.5 x 5.7 cm (15 3/8 x 13 3/16 x 2 1/4 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: verso, u.r.: Painted by Morse/January 1817
  • inscription: back: Thomas Lee/[covered by label]


Recorded Ownership History
Commissioned by Nathan Parker, Portsmouth, NH, 1817; given to his son, Francis Edwards Parker, at his death, 1833; gift of the executors of his estate to Harvard University, 1867.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard University Portrait Collection, Gift of the executors of the Estate of F.E. Parker to the University, 1867
Object Number
European and American Art

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Publication History

  • William Garrott Brown, A List of Portraits in the Various Buildings of Harvard University, Harvard University Library (Cambridge, MA, 1898), p. 33
  • Laura M. Huntsinger, Harvard Portraits: A Catalogue of Portrait Paintings at Harvard University, ed. Alan Burroughs, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA, 1936), p. 105
  • Historical Records Survey, Division of Professional and Service Projects, Works Progress Administration, American Portraits, 1620-1825, found in Massachusetts, Volumes 1 and 2, Historical Records Survey (Boston, MA, 1939), p. 300, cat. 1601
  • Oliver W. Larkin, Samuel F. B. Morse and American Democratic Art, Little, Brown & Company (Boston, 1954), pp. 43-44
  • William Kloss, Samuel F. B. Morse, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (New York, NY, 1988), pp. 44-45, ill. p. 41
  • Paul J. Staiti, Samuel F. B. Morse, Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, England, and New York, NY, 1989), pp. 42-43, fig. 27, p. 254, no. 165
  • Theodore E. Stebbins, Jr. and Melissa Renn, American Paintings at Harvard, Volume One: Paintings, Watercolors, and Pastels by Artists Born before 1826, Yale University Press (U.S.) and Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge and New Haven, 2014), pp. 349-50, cat. 314, ill.

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