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Richard Morris (1730-1810)

Richard Morris (1730-1810)
Title
Richard Morris (1730-1810)
Date 
c. 1805
Medium 
Charcoal with stumping, black and white chalk with Conté crayon on pink prepared paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 21 1/2 x 15 1/2 in. ( 54.6 x 39.4 cm ) mat: 22 x 16 in. ( 55.9 x 40.6 cm )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
Gift of Lewis Gouverneur Morris, his great-great-grandson
Object Number 
1966.66
Marks 
label: on back: "This is Richard Morris the son of the Third Lewis Morris of Morrisania / and Father of the present scribe who / held the Office of Judge of Admiralty / under the Crown of Ingland[sic] in 1774 / and resigned it at the commencement / of our Revolution and in 1775 received / the Office of Chief Justice of his / native State which he held agreeable / to the limits of the then constatution[sic] / Robt. Morris"
Gallery Label 
The subject was the third son of Lewis Morris and Tryntje (Staats) Morris and the half-brother of Gouverneur Morris. He served as a New York State senator from 1778 to 1780, and in 1779 was appointed chief justice of the state supreme court. This profile portrait, a gift to the Society from the subject's great-great-grandson, was obtained with the aid of the physionotrace machine, probably when Saint-Mémin was active in New York (1796-98).
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group