Philadelphia: George Barrie, 1881. Document. Original, large engraved portrait of Longfellow surrounded by vignette scenes from his best-loved poems (Hiawatha, Blacksmith, Hesperus, Revere, etc.), with plenty of room for all as the engraving measures @ 21" x 30" and is on its original 25-1/4" x 34" stretcher set in a white wooden frame without glass that measures 29-1/2" x 38-1/4." SIGNED "Henry W. Longfellow" in pencil at the lower center and in pencil by Marshall in the lower right corner. Some areas of very light foxing but Very Good overall and quite uncommon. Item #017715
William Edgar Marshall began his life in art as an engraver of watch-cases, graduated to vignette work for the American Bank Note Company, and studied painting in Europe in 1863-65. He returned to America in the latter year, when he painted and engraved a portrait of the late President Lincoln. In 1866 he opened a studio in New York, where he painted and engraved portraits of many distinguished 19th-century Americans for the next forty years.