Longfellow's Three Daughters, 1859

Contributed by NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters 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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About This Item

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

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NPS, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491

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