Francis B. Cutting and Daniel Webster, New York, 1844

1844
Pierre Morand (flourished 1839–1891)


Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik (1962) cat. 578

Dimensions

Sheet: 25.4 x 17.7 cm (10 x 6 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

58.922

Medium or Technique

Graphite and watercolor on laid paper

Not On View

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Standing outside office of TILLOU and CUTTING / ATTORNEYS AT LAW. Accompanying the drawing is a description of the two men written in pen by Pierre Morand as follows: “Messrs Daniel Webster and Francis B. Cutting
I have but little to add to the description - / of this sketch already in Mr. Curie’s possession. Mr. / Cutting was a gentleman of superior acquirements / and refinements, and always elegant in dress, in / striking contrast with the federal judges at that time, Hons. Ulshoeffer and Betts. As a lawyer he stood / at or near the head of his profession, and was gen- / erously patronized by importers who had trouble / under the new Whig Tariff. He seldom went into / Court without a good case. Mr. Webster with whom I became acquainted as / a witness in a custom house case defended by Mr. / Cutting, made a more ponderous impression upon / me than any man in his profession I ever met since. / He expressed surprise at my fluency in English and / thought I ought to study for the bar. The costume / in which he is represented he faithfully adhered to for many years, as also did his later colleague in / the Senate, Mr. Charles Sumner, whom I also well knew / as consulting attorney for a French Syndicate (the Swan lands in Virginia) whom I represented from 1846 to 54.
2544 Franklin St. Philadelphia Pierre Morand”

Inscription

Inscribed below figures on the sidewalk in pen and ink: Francis B. Cutting; Daniel Webster; lower right: New York 1844

Provenance

Maxim Karolik, Newport; Gift to MFA September 18, 1958

Credit Line

Gift of Maxim Karolik for the M. and M. Karolik Collection of American Watercolors and Drawings, 1800–1875