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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, 1859

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Portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1859 / Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Professor William C. Watterson of Bowdoin's current English Department tells the story of a rare surprise. In late fall, 1985, he sauntered up a staircase at Childs Gallery in Boston and "stumbled across what I think is a very fine small painting of Longfellow."

His November 5 letter to College President A. LeRoy Greason (from which the quote comes) resulted ultimately in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art acquiring the portrait, bringing to three their collection of Longfellow paintings.

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