gray bullet Works of Art


In the dining-room we see rare old china, a modern picture of a cardinal in red, walking in the Borghese Gardens, and several family portraits. Among them is Buchanan Read's picture of Longfellow's Daughters, that has been photographed so often,-the "blue-eyed banditti" that the poet-father has so charmingly apostrophized in The Children's Hour:- "Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra, And Edith with golden hair."
—W. Sloane Kennedy, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1882

Cardinal in Borghese Gardens
Cardinal in the Borghese Gardens
by Achille Guerra
1868

Above the fireplace is a picture painted in 1868 by the Italian artist Achille Guerra, depicting a Cardinal walking by the fountain in the Borghese Gardens in Rome.

Henry Longfellow may have purchased Landscape Near Rome during the family's 1869-1869 European tour. The painting hangs over the door to the Blue Entry.

Landscape Near Rome
Landscape Near Rome
by George L. Brown
Rome, 1859
oil on canvas

Altar table and family portraits
Altar table and family portraits
Above the altar table are portraits of Fanny and Mary Appleton, the three Longfellow daughters, and three landscapes, including Scheviningen and The Departure of Hiawatha. Scheveningen
Scheveningen
by Winckworth Allan Gay
Longfellow's Daughters
Longfellow's Three Daughters
by Thomas Buchanan Read
1859

Thomas Buchanan Read painted Longfellow's three daughters, Edith, Alice, and Annie Allegra, in 1859. Longfellow described his daughters in his poem, The Children's Hour, which was written that same year.

Charles Hopkinson, a cousin, painted Alice Longfellow's portrait when she was about fifty years old.

Alice Longfellow
Alice Longfellow
by Charles S. Hopkinson
c. 1900
oil on canvas

Fanny Appleton
Frances Appleton
by G.P.A. Healy
1834

To the left of the portrait of the three girls is a portrait by G.P.A. Healy of Frances Elizabeth Appleton painted a few years before her marriage to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

To the right of the picture of Longfellow's three children is another portrait by Healy of Mary Appleton, Mrs. Longfellow's sister.

Mary Appleton
Mary Appleton
by G.P.A. Healy
1834
Departure of Hiawatha
Departure of Hiawatha
by Albert Bierstadt
1868

Beneath the portrait of Frances Appleton is a small painting representing the departure of Hiawatha into the sunset.

This was painted by Albert Bierstadt and presented by him to Longfellow at a dinner given in London in 1868 in his honor.

Read Hiawatha's Departure .

In 1868 Albert Bierstadt painted and presented this work to Longfellow as a place card for a dinner in Longfellow's honor in London.

Departure of Hiawatha
Departure of Hiawatha, detail
Mary Longfellow Greenleaf
Mary Longfellow Greenleaf
by Eastman Johnson
1846

Over the doors to the left and right of the fireplace are crayon portraits by Eastman Johnson of Henry Longfellow's sisters, Mary Longfellow Greenleaf and Anne Longfellow Pierce. Anne Longfellow Pierce
Anne Longfellow Pierce
by Eastman Johnson
1846
Fanny and Mary Appleton
Fanny and Mary Appleton
Jean BaptisteIsabey
1837

Painted about 1835 by the French artist Isabey, this miniature of the two Appleton sisters hangs to the left of the carved black walnut side-board. Fanny Appleton Longfellow is the one in white.



Maria Gold Appleton
Maria Theresa Gold Appleton
by Gilbert Stuart, c. 1812


To the left of the sideboard hangs the portrait of Fanny Appleton's mother, Maria Theresa Gold Appleton, and to the right of the sideboard is the portrait of her father, Nathan Appleton. Both were painted by Gilbert Stuart about 1812 and are among the finest portraits in the House.

Nathan Appleton
Nathan Appleton
by Gilbert Stuart, c. 1812
Appleton portraits
Three Appleton portraits
On the wall between the Appletons hangs the portrait painted in Rome by the French artist R.S. Lauder of Fanny's brother, Thomas Gold Appleton. Thomas Gold Appleton
Thomas Gold Appleton
by Robert Scott Lauder, 1845
oil on canvas

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