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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Alternate Title
Longfellow
Artist
Alphonse Legros, 8 May 1837 - 8 Dec 1911
Sitter
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 27 Feb 1807 - 24 Mar 1882
Date
c. 1863-1882
Type
Print
Medium
Lithograph on paper
Dimensions
Image: 22.6 × 28.2 cm (8 7/8 × 11 1/8")
Sheet (overall): 43.3 × 31.8 cm (17 1/16 × 12 1/2")
Mat (overall): 50.8 × 40.6 cm (20 × 16")
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Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of E. Gerald Lamboley) The Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the country’s first private museums, was established in 1869 to promote art and American genius. In 2014 the Works from the Corcoran Collection were distributed to institutions in Washington, D.C.
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.2019.69
Exhibition Label
Born Portland, Maine
In the nineteenth century, when poetry was a highly popular literary genre, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow rose to unparalleled fame as the first professional poet in the United States. Longfellow appealed to his readers’ patriotic pride by mythologizing episodes from the pre-Revolutionary era of American history. Epic works such as The Song of Hiawatha (1855), The Courtship of Miles Standish (1858), and Paul Revere’s Ride (1861) became instant best-sellers. Decades after their publication, the poems were still memorized and recited by American schoolchildren and adults.
Longfellow’s poems gained wider recognition as cultural exports and were translated into eighteen different languages by the turn of the century. The poet received honorary degrees from Oxford and Cambridge in the late 1860s and is the only non-Briton to be honored in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey in London. This lithograph, made in England by the French artist Alphonse Legros, attests to Longfellow’s status as a venerated international celebrity.
Nacido en Portland, Maine
En el siglo XIX, cuando la poesía era un género literario muy popular, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow alcanzó una fama sin igual como primer poeta profesional en Estados Unidos. Longfellow apelaba al orgullo patrio de sus lectores mitificando episodios anteriores a la época revolucionaria. Obras épicas como El canto de Hiawatha (1855), El cortejo de Miles Standish (1858) y La cabalgata de Paul Revere (1861) fueron éxitos de venta inmediatos. Décadas después de publicarse, aún eran memorizadas y recitadas por colegiales y adultos.
Los poemas de Longfellow se divulgaron aún más como bienes de exportación cultural, y para fines de siglo se habían traducido a 18 idiomas. El autor recibió diplomas honoríficos de Oxford y Cambridge a fines de la década de 1860 y es el único poeta no británico honrado en el “rincón de los poetas” de la abadía de Westminster en Londres. Esta litografía realizada en Inglaterra por el artista francés Alphonse Legros da fe de la posición de Longfellow como venerada celebridad internacional.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition
Recent Acquisitions: Gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art
On View
NPG, North Gallery 140