Albumen print signed by Samuel Finley Breese Morse (1791-1872), American artist and inventor of the telegraph. The photograph depicts Locust Grove Estate, Morse's Poughkeepsie, New York Italianate style mansion, located on the Hudson River, from the side, and several people (presumably Morse and his family). Handwritten ink inscription by Morse to Joseph Burbeen Walker (1822-1913), Morse's cousin by marriage to his first wife Lucretia Pickering Walker Morse (1799-1825): "View of Locust-Grove, Po'keepsie, Hudson river, N.Y./presented to J. B. Walker, Esq. of Concord, N.H./by his cousin Sam. F.B. Morse./Sept. 1864". Housed under glass in a wooden frame with giltwood fillet. Image – 12 1/2" H x 15 3/8" W. Sight – 17 3/4" H x 20 5/8" W. Framed – 23 1/4" H x 26 1/8" W. Note: Locust Grove was designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis for Morse and was completed in 1851. The house and grounds were designated a National Historic Landmark January 29, 1964 and includes a museum, nature preserve, and art and antique galleries. CONDITION: Print in overall good condition with areas of loss, largest 5/8", top right. Mat with overall toning/acid burn, slight warping. Frame with natural age shrinkage,areas of loss, largest 1 1/2". Not examined outside of frame.
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