Monday, April 7, 2014

More on Morse's Larchmont Yacht Club Windows

These photographs of Morse's windows, as described in the previous posting, were sent by the Larchmont Yacht Club, which is still home to the windows. Unfortunately, the original transom window, shown in the New York Tribune article is no longer there.  Coincidentally, Club historian, Ed Padin wrote about the windows in Mainsheet: News Magazine of the Larchmont Yacht Club in the Spring 2013 issue:

 ...That Morse would have been commissioned to design these windows for the Club is certainly logical, as, infact, two members of that particular Haprer family -- Horatio and Henry -- were active members of the LYC during this time, with Horatio serving as the Chairman of the Art Committee for many years.... Although there is the clear connection between Ms. Morse and the Harper family, we do not know for a fact that one of them was the "generous" member referred to in the Tribune article. There is no recorded Turstees' "thank you," only the record of Horatio's appointment as Art Committee Chair...
I have noticed another possible connection that requires more research. One of Morse's window designs in the Cooper-Hewitt collection, in transom format, closely resembles the Larchmont windows and is annotated with a mention of the Harper name. (Cooper-Hewitt accession number 2009-6-57) See images below. 

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