1988-1 | Evangeline

Currier & Ives
About 1860, 19th century
41.5 x 51.5 cm
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Evangeline is the main character in the Acadian legend that Henry Wadsworth Longfellow popularized in his 1847 poem, Evangeline, A Tale of Acadie.

A heroine of the Acadian people, Evangeline became a true mythic figure and potent symbol, and her image is still evoked at Acadian gatherings and festivals.

The story of Evangeline appeared in numerous publications, inspiring many different types of artists. There were paintings, plays, films and even songs dedicated to her memory.

The face of Evangeline was even depicted on the labels of a variety of household products such as soap, different foods and motor oil.

  • What

    This is a reproduction of the original engraving, Evangeline, by James Faed. Below it is inscribed a passage from the Longfellow poem: "Sat by some nameless grave and thought that perhaps in its bosom He was already at rest, and she longed to slumber beside him."

  • Where

    The original engraving was produced in the United States, in New York.

  • When

    The engraving was published in about 1860.

  • Who

    This reproduction of the original engraving by James Faed was done by the Currier & Ives Company.