Adah Isaacs Menken as Mazeppa. 1864.

Henry Mullins.

After marrying for a fourth and a fifth time she went to London and Paris. Adah caused much furor and had several shocking affairs, including one with Alexander Dumas (who was twice her age). She then became ill and couldn’t work anymore. Falling into poverty very quickly she wrote to a friend:

“I am lost to art and life. Yet, when all is said and done, have I not at my age tasted more of life than most women who live to be a hundred? It is fair, then, that I should go where old people go.



Susan Walker Morse (The Muse) 1836–37

Samuel Morse

The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art 

An ambitious farewell to his career as an artist. Stymied by a lack of financial success, he abandoned painting for science and inventing.

The painting shows the daughter of Samuel Morse at about the age of seventeen, sitting with a sketchbook in her lap and pencil in hand with her eyes raised in contemplation. This painting was first exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1837, where it won enthusiastic praise.

The American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Détails