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Still Life

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Still Life

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

Date: 1890
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Framed: 20 × 27 × 3in. (50.8 × 68.6 × 7.6cm)
Overall: 10 × 17in. (25.4 × 43.2cm)
Signed: Lower left: 'E. E. Morse'
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Janet Bowers Bothwell
Object number: 85.1
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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