Classical Tholos and Bust-Length Caricature of a Man, from disassembled Cummings album

Object Number: 
1979.41
Date: 
c. 1830-32
Medium: 
Brown ink on paper
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 3/16 x 3 1/8 in. ( 8.1 x 7.9 cm )
Marks: 
inscription: lower right: "S F B Morse"
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right in graphite: "SFB Morse"
Description: 
Architecture/bust
Gallery Label: 
The monument depicted in this sketch has been identified as the Monument of Lysicrates in Athens (dedicated 334 B.C.). Though Morse never traveled to Greece, he may have encountered similar monuments in Italy during his sojourn there in the early 1830s. The sketch came to the society mounted in an album of sketches and engravings by Thomas S. Cummings and various other nineteenth-century American artists.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Whitney Hartshorne
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group