Morton House II

WLMD ID: aepm

Watercolor by Leroy D. Vandam, M.D.
© 1994, The Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology

There is confusion over the exact birth date, August 9th or 19th of William Morton, because no official record was made. The original Morton House was a large, square old-fashioned wooden house on a farm that was deeded to William Thomas Green Morton's mother, Rebecca, by her father, John Stevens.

Catalog Record: Morton House II

Access Key: aepm

Title: [The Morton house II.]

Author Vandam, Leroy D. (David), 1914-2004.

Publisher [198-].

Physical Descri: 1 watercolor on rough paper : color ; visible image 36.5 x 55.5 cm, in frame 53.5 x 71.5 cm.

Subject: Morton, W. T. G. (William Thomas Green), 1819-1868.

Form/Genre: Paintings.
Form/Genre: Watercolors.

Relationships: Host item
Title : Dr. Leroy Vandam watercolors.

Note type: Publications about
Notes: This painting was featured in an Anesthesiology Reflection, in the journal
Anesthesiology, by George Bause, MD (citation: Bause G. The Morton House II
by Vandam. Anesthesiology. 2010;113(1):207.).

Note type: General
Notes: Title from the WLM “Frame Your Heritage” pamphlet.

Note type: Reproduction
Notes: This painting’s image was copyrighted in 1994 for posters and greeting cards
published by the WLM; A WLM print, that was framed and displayed at the ASA
building in Park RIdge, is located in the Warehouse at 10 K 3.

Note type: General
Notes: Selected for the WLM website, 2010.

Note type: Reproduction
Notes: Photographed by Mr. William Lyle, 7/13/2010.

Note type: Abstract
Notes: Red ‘Cape Cod style home with white trim. ‘Mudroom’ and small carriage house
or workshop to side. Overcast sky, mudpuddle in ‘driveway’ and green
vegetation. The house where Dr. Morton was born had burned and the remains
were torn down shortly after he and his family moved to the Waters-Morton
house. The house depicted in this painting is the replacement house, built
a short distance from the location of the original, on Prenier Road in
Charlton, Mass. Morton’s birthplace is supposed to have been “a large,
square, old-fashioned wooden house on a farm that was deeded to his mother.”

Note type: General
Notes: One of 8 original watercolors by Dr. Leroy Vandam in the WLM collection.
Painting and frame in excellent condition.

Note type: Citation
Notes: From Dr. Vandam’s excerpts in the ASA Newsletter, and email correspondence
with Cindy Cooper, President, Charlton Historical Society, 4/21/2009 (see
the Vandam Paintings file).