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 […]

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 […]