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Still Life

Artist: Eleanor Ecob Morse (American, 1837-1921)

Date: 1890
Medium: Oil on canvas
Framed: 23 x 29 x 2 1/2in. (58.4 x 73.7 x 6.4cm)
Image: 18 x 24in. (45.7 x 61cm)
Signed: Lower left (in red paint): 'E.E. Morse'
Credit Line: Gift of Donald Neiman in Honor of Dr. Paul D. Schweizer, Ph. D., for his Continuing Dedication and Support of the Museum and to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
Object number: 2013.1.1
Label Text
Eleanor Ecob Morse was distantly related, by marriage, to the artist and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872). She and her husband, the landscape painter and itinerant minister Jonathan Bradley Morse (1834-98), lived in the Utica area during the second half of the nineteenth
century. The History of Oneida County has noted about Eleanor that “nature and religion were her twin teachers. . . . through all her busy life she managed to get some time each day to devote to art, and after a time found herself at the head of enthusiastic art classes.”

Eleanor’s skills as an artist combined with her moral standing as a minister’s wife made her eminently qualified to provide art lessons for Rachel (1850-1915) and Maria Williams (1852-1935), whose parents built Fountain Elms. In 1876 the twenty-four year old Maria noted in her diary: “I go once a week to Whitesboro to take drawing lessons of a Mrs. Morse. . . . I think I shall like to draw very much, and perhaps I shall try to paint by and Bye [sic]. [Rachel] paints flowers from nature. . . . We think she does very well.”

Paul D. Schweizer

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