Samuel F. B. Morse – Landscape Artist

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In planning a day trip to the Hudson Valley, my sights were set on the historic home of Samuel F. B. Morse. A lover of history, I was delighted to discover Morse had a completely different interest aside from his well-known work as the inventor of the telegraph. Morse started out as an portrait artist, studying at Yale and the Royal Academy in England. His career progressed with  commissioned paintings, but his fascination with the need for rapid, long distance communication led him to drop art and pursue his invention of the telegraph. The invention made Morse a wealthy man; he purchased Locust Grove in Poughkeepsie, and began to re-visit his interest in art. The Hudson Valley was full of artists, including Thomas Cole, the father of landscape painting. Morse used his artistic talent in the design of landscape gardens which he considered a form of art.

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