Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

longfellow3Daniel Huntington (1816-1906), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1876. Oil on canvas. Graphic Arts Collection GA 2006.02629. Signed and dated on verso.

longfellow1Possibly in anticipation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s upcoming seventieth birthday, the poet sat for the American portrait painter Daniel Huntington (1819-1906) in 1876. The resulting oil on canvas is in the collection of Princeton University Library. Huntington was one of the leading portraitists of the period, as well as president of the American Academy of Arts Council; a founding member of the Century Association; vice-president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a trustee of the Lenox Library. It is surprising that he had time to paint.

The Graphic Arts Collection holds eighteen portraits of Longfellow in various mediums. Here are two others.


longfellow5Unidentified photographer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his study, no date [about 1881]. Albumen silver print. Graphic Arts collection GA 2009.01006. Dedication in ink, below: “‘Bon voyage’–To my dear young friend, E.J.S. // from Henry W. Longfellow // Cambridge, 1881”.

longfellow4Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), 1868. Albumen silver print. Graphic Arts collection GA 2010.02212. Inscribed in ink, on mount, l.l.: “From life Registered Photograph taken at Fresh Water July 1868”.