At Home With Jonathan Morse | 27 East | By Kelly Ann Smith
Photographer Jonathan Morse doesn’t have to walk far to get to his exhibition, “Face to Face: East End Portraits,” which is on display from June 16 to July 12 at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum. He lives right down the street, in an eight-room, Federal-style home that has not changed much since it was built in 1856.
“My house and the Whaling Museum were both built by Benjamin Huntting, prominent landowner and whale ship owner. He was married to Mary Howell, whose family put the first tryworks on whaling ships,” Mr. Morse said. “Huntting lived in the Whaling Museum, and mine was built for his daughter Eloise, who was married to Henry Cook, an English doctor.”
For the last 30 years, Mr. Morse has made the house his home. “I’m only the fourth owner of the house,” he said.