1997 Imprint Volume 22-2 Autumn


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136. Hewes, Lauren B. “Ponderous Folios and Curious Engravings: The Print Collection of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Family.” Vol. 22, no. 2 (Autumn 1997), 11-22.

The Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts, houses nearly 1,200 prints acquired by the Longfellow family. Hewes provides a synopsis of Longfellow’s life and identifies several themes evident in the family’s collection: portraits of acquaintances and views of places they visited, prints acquired for their usefulness as reference tools, prints by local artists, and reproductions of important works of art. Both European and American prints are discussed and reproduced.

137. Katz, Harry L. “Love, Lies, and Wood Engravings: Alfred Waud in Boston, 1856-1860.” Vol. 22, no. 2 (Autumn 1997), 2-10.

Waud lived in Boston for several years, using a pseudonym (A. Hill) to try to conceal his whereabouts due to an illicit love affair with a married woman. Katz uncovered this aspect of Waud’s career by comparing extant sketches in The Historic New Orleans Collection with published illustrations in Ballou’s Pictorial. He discusses these years of Waud’s life and work in detail. Eventually the woman was divorced, paving the way for Waud to marry her. The Civil War opened new opportunities for Waud in New York and his reputation as a “special artist” soared.