Portrait of Dr. James E. B. Finley
Portrait of Dr. James E. B. Finley

Image Resources | Currently on View in Andrew and Jane Paine Galleries (K213)

Portrait of Dr. James E. B. Finley

Samuel F. Morse (American, 1791-1872)


Morse painted Finley in the typical dark tonalities and plain background favored for Colonial portraits.

Attention is drawn to the sitter's face through the use of light and the white shirt collar.

Morse is best known as the inventor of the telegraph, but he was also an established artist.

The painting was given to Dr. James E.B. Finley by his nephew, Samuel F.B. Morse. It remained in the family until Finley's great-granddaughter Mrs. E. Vernon Hahn (Maruetta Finley Hahn) donated it to the museum. The painting is signed by various owners (Mrs. Leighton Finley, Mrs. M.D. Finley, Dr. James E. Finley)

Object Information

artist
Samuel F. Morse (American, 1791-1872)
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
30 x 25 in.
41-1/2 x 36-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
63.198
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Vernon E. Hahn
copyright
Public Domain
collection
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors