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

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1859

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1859 / Maine Historical Society

Between 1844 and 1855, six children were born to the Longfellows, and five survived to adulthood. The professor and his young family had their photographs taken often, starting in the early days when the medium’s artistic and commercial viability was in question. Appearing less romantic than in the Thompson painting and more obviously marked by time than in the Cheney prints, photos from the period present Longfellow as a prosperous and contented family man.


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