Mrs. Robert Young Hayne (Rebecca Brewton Motte Alston)

Samuel Morseca. 1820

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

ith her patterned pink shawl, lacy gown, and hair in a magnificent mountain of curls, Rebecca Hayne is the pinnacle of antebellum Southern style and wealth. This portrait was painted around the time of this Charleston heiress’s marriage to Robert Hayne, who later became a U.S. senator and the governor of South Carolina. Though local portrait artists were available, the Haynes employed the more prestigious services of a visiting young painter from New York. Samuel Morse later became famous for inventing the telegraph and Morse Code.


Show lessRead more
  • Title: Mrs. Robert Young Hayne (Rebecca Brewton Motte Alston)
  • Creator: Samuel F. B. Morse
  • Date: ca. 1820
  • Location Created: Charleston, SC, United States
  • Provenance: Robert Young Hayne; Mrs. William Alston Hayne, San Francisco; Mrs. Alan G. Pattee, great-granddaughter of Robert Young Hayne; private collection, Youngstown, Ohio; M. Knoedler & Co., New York, by 1968; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Gift of Mrs. William Sloane in memory of Margaret Bell Irvine and the Norfolk Society of the Arts to the Chrysler Museum, 1980.
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 1/2 x 25 1/8 in. (77.5 x 63.8 cm)
  • Credit Line: Museum purchase and gift of Mrs. William Sloane, in memory of Margaret Bell Irvine, and of the Norfolk Society of Arts, by exchange
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas