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Robert Morrisson Painting

Robert Morrisson, founder of Morrisson-Reeves Library in Richmond, Indiana is the subject of this large, unusual painting that hangs in the stairwell near the entrance of Morrisson-Reeves Library.

The painting is unusual in that it was created by two different artists.  "In appreciation of his generous gift to the community, a committee of citizens commissioned John C. Wolfe to paint a life-sized portrait of Morrisson, which was hung in the reading room of the new library. Apparently these citizens felt that the likeness to the original was not what it should be, and they subsequently commissioned Marcus Mote, a local Quaker artist, to repaint Morrisson's head, making this a painting created by two artists. If one looks closely, one can see a difference in the style of painting between the head and the rest of the painting."1

Photo taken January 20, 2009

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1 Morrisson-Reeves Library
  80 North Sixth Street
  Richmond, IN  47374
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