G713 Late 19th century Framed oil painting on board depicting a rooster and several chickens on a step in front of an open door. A wooden bucket sits on the step beside the chickens, and a small bird is painted on the ground in the forefront of the step. Great original surface. Unsigned in viewing area, back is sealed with paper and retains one of two old labels from “the little gallery” “39 Palmer Square West Princeton, N.J. Telephone 1-0395”
“This painting was found in a secret compartment of Samuel F. B. Morse’s desk, willed to Professor L.G. Wells of Syracuse by Morse’s niece. According to Professor Oliver Larkin, Chairman of the Smith College Art Department, who is now at work on a monograph on Morse, it is possibly a work of Samuel’s, or more probably by his pupil-son, Edward Morse.”
Framed measurements: 13 1/2” wide x 11 7/8” tall x 1 1/8” deep. Viewing area of painting measures 10 1/2” wide x 9” tall
NOTE: Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) was an American painter and nventor, famous for several paintings, but best known for his invention of what is known today as “Morse Code”. His son, Edward Lind Morse (1857-1923) was known for painting American landscapes and portraits.