Text: J. W. Ostrom, B. R. Pollin, and J. A. Savoye, “Illustrations 41-42,” The Collected Letters of Edgar Allan Poe — Vol. II: 1824-1845 (2008), between pp. 684 and 685, II-A (This material is protected by copyright)


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Mrs. Annie L. Richmond, ca. 1875

41. Mrs. Annie L. Richmond, ca. 1875

Courtesy of the Center for Lowell History, University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Only one other portrait of Poe’s Annie is known, a close-up profile of her head, reproduced in Phillips (2:1294). That picture appears to have been taken about the same time as the photograph shown here, featuring the same hair style, although different clothing.

Mrs. Elmira Royster, ca. 1850

42. Mrs. Elmira Royster, ca. 1850

Courtesy of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore

This copy from a daguerreotype shows Mrs. Shelton about the time of Poe’s 1849 courtship of his childhood sweetheart, by then a widow. Another portrait, showing a somewhat older sitter, is reproduced in Kenneth Silverman, Edgar Allan Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance as illustration 30.

 


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Notes:

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