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George Pope Morris (1802–1864)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: ca. 1842-1845
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 23 3/4 × 20 in. (60.3 × 50.8 cm) Framed: 36 in. × 32 1/4 in. × 3 5/8 in. (91.4 × 81.9 × 9.2 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Parish Jr.
Object Number: 1900.2
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Morris, a journalist and poet, was born in Philadelphia and came to New York at an early age. He was founder and editor of "The New York Mirror, and Ladies' Literary Gazette," editor of the daily "Evening Mirror," and founder and editor of "The Home Journal." His most famous poem was "Woodman, Spare that Tree." This portrait shows Morris in the uniform he wore as an officer in the New York State Militia. His friends commonly called him "General" Morris.


"The World of Asher B. Durand: The Artist in Antebellum New York," New-York Historical Society, March 13–September 30, 2007.