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More than 20 Portsmouth portraits on exhibit

Twenty years before Samuel F.B. Morse changed the world with his electric telegraph, he was an itinerant painter in Portsmouth. Two of his paintings are part of a new exhibit at the Portsmouth Athenaeum, "Painting Portsmouth Notables: 1750-1850." On the back of Morse's circa-1816 portrait of John Langdon Storer are scrawled the words, "served in President Andrew Jackson's cabinet." It is one of 20 or so portraits that will be on display through Nov. 3.

What: 'Painting Portsmouth Notables: 1750-1850'

When: Opening Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 13; exhibit runs through Nov. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays

Where: Portsmouth Athenaeum's Randall Gallery, 9 Market Square, Portsmouth

Admission: Free

More info: Visit www.portsmouthathenaeum.org or call (603) 431-2538.