Morse Family Record with portraits

Unidentified artist, American, about 1840

Catalogue Raisonné

Karolik cat. no 1206 (Folk artists)


Image: 49.53 x 38.6 cm (19 1/2 x 15 3/16 in.) Sheet: 51.9 x 41.1 cm (20 7/16 x 16 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pen, graphite pencil and watercolor on paper

Not On View


Americas, Prints and Drawings



Folk Art- memorial. family record. Floral wreath above arch supported by double twisted columns. In arch, half-length portraits of Ellis and Lora Morse and child.


Below, two ovals with inscriptions in pen: left, Ellis Morse./ and Lora Ayer,/ were married/ April 7th 1819/ and right: If there is bliss... (six line verse); two ruled columns of births and deaths.


Watermark: J Whatman, Turkey Mill, 1827


1956, gift of Maxim Karolik (b. 1893 - d. 1963), Newport, RI, to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 7, 1956)

Credit Line

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