Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Franquinet, 1839

Contributed by Longfellow National Historic Site


This is probably a copy Franquinet made in 1840 of his 1839 original portrait of Longfellow at age 32.

Longfellow found the 1839 portrait "exceedingly like" and recommended the artist to his friends.

Samuel Ward gave Longfellow a portrait of himself, also done by Franquinet.

Wilhelm Hendrik Franquinet (1785-1854), a 55-year-old Belgian portrait painter and lithographer, had emigrated to the U.S. in 1836. He and Longfellow remained friends for many years.

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About This Item

  • Title: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Franquinet, 1839
  • Creator: Franquinet, Wilhelm Hendrik
  • Creation Date: circa 1840
  • Subject Date: circa 1839
  • Town: Cambridge
  • County: Middlesex
  • State: MA
  • Media: black crayon, white chalk, graphite on tan paper
  • Dimensions: 31.7 cm x 22.7 cm
  • Local Code: LONG 4432
  • 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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