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

Portrait of Dr. James E. B. Finley

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (American, 1791-1872)

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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.

Samuel F.B. Morse; given to his uncle, Dr. James E.B. Finley. It remained in the family until Finley's great-granddaughter Mrs. E. Vernon Hahn (Maruetta Finley Hahn) donated it to the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1963. The painting is signed by various owners (Mrs. Leighton Finley, Mrs. M.D. Finley, Dr. James E. Finley.)

Object Information

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (American, 1791-1872)
oil on canvas
30 x 25 in.
41-1/2 x 36-3/4 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Inscribed by the various owners, verso; Mrs. Leighton Finley | Mrs. M.D. Finley | Dr. James E. Finley
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mrs. Vernon E. Hahn
Public Domain
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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