Thomas Pinckney Arrives Home
. . . and looks amazingly good for a man his age! The latest acquisition of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati—Samuel F.B. Morse’s extraordinary portrait of the Revolutionary War hero and fourth president general—arrived on December 6 from Philadelphia, where we bid successfully for him at Freeman’s auction on November 12. The acquisition was supported by generous members of the Society, state societies, and Associates of the American Revolution Institute. The next step: conservation of the canvas and frame. Samuel F.B. Morse, a skilled portrait painter, is better known as the inventor of the telegraph and Morse Code. Our library director, Ellen Clark, may be looking for a hidden message in dots and dashes.