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

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Portrait of Longfellow

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Portrait of Longfellow / Bowdoin College Library

"My acquaintance with our great poet Longfellow began many years ago, and I never went to Cambridge without calling on him in his delightful mansion. My first portrait of Longfellow, painted when he was still young, belongs to his publishers, Messrs. Ticknor and Fields." So wrote George Healy in his 1894 memoir, <span class="book_title">Reminiscences of a Portrait Painter</span> (Chicago: A.C. McClurg & Co., p. 218), and he seems to have been one of the poet's favorite painters.

'Little Healy' was the eldest son of an Irish seaman, born in Boston and nudged toward portraiture during adolescence by his maternal grandmother, by master artist, Thomas Sully, and by social lioness, Mrs. Harrison Gray Otis.

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