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Village Blacksmith Shop - 1845 watercolor by Vautin
Village Blacksmith Shop
Watercolor and graphite on ivory wove paper
by N. Vautin, 1845
On the shelf of the bookcase is a watercolor sketch of the Village Blacksmith Shop, by the French artist Vautin. View the Blacksmith House  at 56 Brattle Street in Harvard Square. Blacksmith House plaque honoring Dexter Pratt, the Village Blacksmith Blacksmith House plaque

Tree and Forge mural at 56 Brattle Street Tree and Forge mural, 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge
Dante statue
Dante

Artist unknown
Early 19th c., American
plaster painted white
Longfellow placed busts and statuettes of poets of different nations around the walls of his study.
  • Above an early eighteenth-century mirror stands a statuette of Dante, the thirteenth-century Italian poet, while below the mirror is a carved Italian casket in which Longfellow kept some fragments of Dante’s coffin and other mementoes.
  • On top of the desk by the window is an 1828 statuette of Goethe, German poet and playwright.
  • Above the bookcase between the windows is a bust of Shakespeare, the English bard, and inside this bookcase are Longfellow’s copies of Shakespeare's works.


Goethe
Longfellow's study in 1900
Longfellow's study in 1900

In 1846 Longfellow invited Eastman Johnson to come to Boston and sketch his family and friends. On the walls are Johnson's crayon portraits of Longfellow's friends.

To the left of the fireplace is the portrait of Charles Sumner, later senator from Massachusetts and a strong anti-slavery advocate.  The bookcase below the portrait contains Sumner’s speeches.

Portrait of Charles Sumner by Eastman Johnson 1846
Charles Sumner

by Eastman Johnson, 1846
Crayon and chalk on tan wove paper
Po
Portraits in Longfellow's study

On the other side of the fireplace is the portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who often visited Longfellow on his way to or from Boston.

In the far corner of the room is the portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was Longfellow’s classmate at Bowdoin College and had suggested the subject of Evangeline to Longfellow.

Portrait of R.W. Emerson by Eastman Johnson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Eastman Johnson, 1846
Crayon and chalk on tan wove paper






In the corner by the clock is the portrait of Cornelius Conway Felton, professor of Greek at Harvard College.

He had been Longfellow’s first friend in Cambridge.  They roomed in the same house on Kirkland Street when Longfellow first came to teach at Harvard, and they collaborated in editing The Poets and Poetry of Europe.

Portrait of Cornelius Felton by Eastman Johnson
Cornelius Felton
by Eastman Johnson, 1846
Crayon and chalk on tan wove paper

Portrait of Henry Longfellow by Eastman Johnson  
Henry W. Longfellow
by Eastman Johnson, 1846
Crayon and chalk on tan wove paper

Eastman Johnson  sketched Longfellow at the age of thirty-nine, still clean-shaven.

In another corner of the room is a later pastel portrait of Longfellow, by Francis Alexander in 1852, showing him with mutton-chop side whiskers.

Portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Eastman Johnson
Nathaniel Hawthorne
by Eastman Johnson, 1846
Crayon and chalk on tan wove paper

Henry Longfellow by Ernest Longfellow, 1876
Henry W. Longfellow
by Ernest Longfellow, 1876
Ernest Longfellow painted his father in 1876.  Alice displayed the portrait behind her father's chair after Henry Longfellow's death. Charles Longfellow sent the crane incense burner from Japan. Bronze crane incense burner
Bronze crane incense burner
Japan, 19th century
George Washington Greene bust by Thomas Crawford
George Washington Greene
by Thomas Crawford, 1841
Plaster painted white

Other friends of Longfellow are represented in this room:

A bust of George Washington Greene, by the American sculptor Thomas Crawford in 1841, stands on the Queen Anne table to the right of the easel.

Ernest's painting of his father on the easel and the bust of G.W. Greene on the back wall


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