|Dates of Creation||1853/11/26|
|Scope & Content||
Stony Brook Nov. 26th 1853
Charles H. Morse Esqr.
I will answer in part your request. It is hard for a man to skin himself. I was born in the village of Setauket, Suffolk Co. Long Island, Nov 26th 1807. My first pictures were historical = first the Christ raising The daughter of Jarius - painted in 1828, 2nd Saul & the Witch of Endor, 3rd Andromache, Hecuba & Helen, mourning over the dead body of Hector: I believe they were finished in 1828. The 2nd is owned by T. Bailey [illegible] First portrait I ever painted of myself finished just before I commenced my first composition. After which I hit off several likenesses of my friends.
1829 - "Crazy Kate", from Cowper, Celedon and Amelia from Thompson's Seasons. For a while portraits, then a picture - Girl & pitcher.
1830 Rustic dance - when painting it, I used a chair for an easel, while the carpenter was making one. 1829 portrait of Rev. Charles Seabury & Lady of Setauket. Portraits of Rev. Benj. Underdonk & Lady of N. York-Portrait of john Delafield & Lady- Portrait of My Mother
1830- School; Boys Quarreling
Children at play
# 1844 portrait of Rev. Samuel Seabury
1833 Full length portrait, life size of Right Rev. Benjamin f. Underdonk, now hangs Columbia College. I have alternately painted portraits and pictures, but more of the former.
Farmer husking corn - 1834. Studious Boy 1835, Bar-room scene, Farmers bargaining, Undutiful Boys, 1836 Courtship or winding up. Farmers Nooning, 1837. The Raffle, Tough Story.
1838, Fortune telling, Artist showing his work
1839, Boys Trapping - now in the Crystal palace
1840, Disappointed Bachelor
1841, Cider Making, now in the Crystal palace
1842, Ringing a Hog, Girl asleep, the [hurtle] cap - or disagreeable surprise. 1844 Trap sprung #
1845 Music is contagious, Fishing along shore
1847, - The power of music, now in the Cryastal palace, 1848 Caught Naping, Loss and gain - Just in time, Turning the Leaf.
1850 -California news, or reading the Tribune, Right & left, Lucky Throw
1851, Who'll turn the grindstone. In Nov. I painted a Landscape by particular request for Mr. Elisha Brooks, first landscape order.
1852, A family Group. Rev. Zachariah Green, now in the94th year of his age, surrounded by his great grand children. 853, Politics os 1852, or who let down the bars - now being engraved in Paris. - A group of three children. Five of my compodsitions have already een engraved in Paris, and published by Coupile Co,
Wm. S. Mount
P.S. I believe I have painted over fifty original pictures.