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Celebrity's Picture: Using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portraits to Observe Historic Changes

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Portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1840

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Portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1840 / NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

The popularity of the widowed professor's poetry increased with each new publication, some of which expressed his grief not only for his deceased wife, but also for Fanny Appleton's dismissals of his affection for--and proposals to-- her.

A distant cousin related through the Wadsworths, C. G. Thompson captured the handsome bachelor's loneliness in an intense, romantic oil portrait.


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