We are currently raising funds to pay for the conservation of Samuel F. B. Morse’s portrait of Major General Thomas Pinckney of South Carolina which we acquired late last year. While the portrait is handsome, conservation is long overdue. With your help, we will correct problems with the canvas caused by imprudent old restoration efforts, conserve paint where the bond with the canvas is weakening, and return the portrait to its appearance when Morse completed it two hundred years ago. The painting will then be ready to go on display—in Washington, South Carolina, and wherever we can use it to help us tell the story of a remarkable hero of the American Revolution.
We are fortunate to have an anonymous challenge match toward this conservation, and your donation will help us meet this challenge. For #GivingTuesday, we would be grateful for your financial help to protect this important portrait and support its future exhibition.