Nasjonalmuseet for Kunst, Arketektur, og Design
Susan Walker Morse (The Muse), ca. 1836–37. Samuel F. B. Morse (American, 1791–1872). Oil on canvas.
This full-length portrait of Susan (1819–1885), the eldest daughter of the artist, was painted during the crucial years of the invention of Morse’s telegraph (ca. 1835–37). The painting shows the sitting with a sketchbook in her lap and pencil in hand with her eyes raised in contemplation. Although traditionally described as a Muse, the figure is more likely a personification of the art of drawing or design.