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Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

Object Name: Portrait
Date: 1845
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Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: Overall: 26 3/4 × 22 in. (67.9 × 55.9 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Rufus W. Griswold
Object Number: 1857.1
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This portrait, a gift to the Society from Poe's literary executor, was reportedly painted from life in 1845, the year Poe wrote "The Raven." In 1844 his wanderings from job to job had taken him to New York, where he became editor of the "Broadway Journal," and where Osgood painted his portrait. Poe knew Osgood's wife, who was a poet of some accomplishment.


"In Focus: Portrait and Small Paintings from the Society's Collections," New-York Historical Society, January 9, 2001–March 24, 2002.

Long-term loan, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, 2005.