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Sketch of The Village Smithy, Cambridge by Henry W. Longfellow

Contributed by Longfellow National Historic Site

This sketch of the blacksmith shop on Brattle Street was drawn by H.W. Longfellow in 1840. He passed this shop every day on his way to Harvard College and based his poem "The Village Blacksmith" on it. Below the image he wrote:

"Under a spreading chestnut tree
The village smithy stands;"

Other Information


  • Title: Sketch of The Village Smithy, Cambridge by Henry W. Longfellow
  • Creator: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
  • Creation Date: 1840
  • Subject Date: 1840
  • Town: Cambridge
  • County: Middlesex
  • State: MA
  • Media: ink on paper
  • Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 25.4
  • Local Code: LONG 7849, Neg 7.01.027
  • Object Type: Image

For more information about this item, contact:

Longfellow National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491
http://www.nps.gov/long/

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