Richard West Habersham letter
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Richard West Habersham letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Habersham, Richard West, 1812-1889.
Title: Richard West Habersham letter
Dates: 1869
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0343

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard West Habersham, son of Richard Wylly Habersham and grandson of James Habersham, Jr., was a portrait artist. He was born in 1812 near Beaufort, South Carolina and painted in both Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina. He married Martha Matthewes; together they had eight children. Habersham wrote The Honor of Jehossee in 1853, edited a monthly periodical, "The Self Instructor," and wrote many articles for Savannah newspapers under his initials "R.W.H." He owned the plantation "Walnut Hill" on Port Royal Island in Beaufort and was a member of St. Helena's Episcopal Church. He donated many of his portraits to the Georgia Historical Society in the 1880s. Richard Habersham died in 1889.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from Samuel Finley Breese Morse to Richard West Habersham, dated January 23, 1869. In the letter, Morse talks about growing old and mentions his association with Habersham and Henry (?) Greenough in Paris. The letter lists an enclosure of the prices of plaster casts, but the enclosed information is not with the letter. The Georgia Historical Society also has the Certificate of Award for oil painting from the International Cotton Exposition in Atlanta in 1881, as well as several portraits painted by Habersham. The portraits are cataloged with VM 1361, Georgia Historical Society portraits.

Index Terms

Georgia--Social life and customs.
Habersham, Richard West, 1812-1889.
Letters (correspondence)
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese, 1791-1872.
Old age.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Richard West Habersham letter, MS 343, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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