Copy of Oil Portrait of Noah Webster, after 1823

Summary

Noah Webster was an influential American educator and patriot. He is most famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language. But shortly after the American Revolution, and before the dictionary, Webster created an American spelling textbook to replace British and European books. Known as the "Blue-Backed Speller," the book was popular in American schools for more than a century.

Noah Webster was an influential American educator and patriot. He is most famous for his American Dictionary of the English Language. But shortly after the American Revolution, and before the dictionary, Webster created an American spelling textbook to replace British and European books. Known as the "Blue-Backed Speller," the book was popular in American schools for more than a century.

Artifact

Painting (Visual work)

Subject Date

1823

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States 

Creator Notes

Unknown artist, based on an original painting by Samuel F.B. Morse

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Noah Webster House

Object ID

62.159.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Oil paint (Paint)
Canvas

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 33.25 in

Width: 28.25 in

Depth: 2 in

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