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Longfellow's Three Daughters

Contributed by Longfellow National Historic Site

Triple portrait showing Longfellow's three daughters: Annie Allegra aged about 4 to the right front; Edith aged about 6 to the left, and Alice Mary aged about 9 to the right rear. This painting was engraved and widely distributed as an illustration for Longfellow's poem "The Children's Hour." Because of the awkward composition, a rumor circulated that Annie was born without arms.

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  • Title: Longfellow's Three Daughters
  • Creator: Read, Thomas Buchanan
  • Creation Date: 1859
  • Subject Date: 1859
  • Town: Cambridge
  • County: Middlesex
  • State: MA
  • Media: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions (cm): 129.4 x 102.2
  • Local Code: LONG 4324
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491

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