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

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Facsimile of sketch by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1829

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Facsimile of sketch by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1829 / Maine Historical Society

Stephen and Zilpah Longfellow recognized their second son's literary gifts, so they invested both confidence and money in a post-graduate European grand tour for him.

He did not disappoint them, acquiring fluency in French, Spanish, Italian, and German in preparation for an academic career during over three years abroad.

He whimsically verified his hard work when he drew himself in German student garb, studiously reading a book while smoking a pipe with his next door neighbor and traveling companion, Edward Preble, seated at his left with a newspaper.

<a href="http://www.hwlongfellow.org/pdf/Whitmore_lessonplan2.pdf">Now-and-Then Portrait Lesson Plan</a>


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