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Richard Morris (1730-1810)
Date: ca. 1805
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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, great-great-grandson of Richard Morris
Object Number: 1966.66
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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"

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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).