Early artist Scipio Moorhead (c. 1773-?) is documented primarily in a poem by the slave poet Phillis Wheatley entitled 'To S.M., a Young African Painter, on Seeing His Works.' In a penciled note of the 1773 edition of herPoems on Various Subject, Religious and Moral, she identifies S.M. as ' Scipio Moorhead, a Negro servant to Rev. John Moorhead of Boston.' Rev. Moorhead's wife was an art teacher. It is possible that Moorhead engraved the unsigned portrait of Phillis Wheatley, used a frontispiece for several of her poetry publications.