73-19-29 | Evangeline

Thomas et James Faed
1863, 19th century
35.5 x 44 cm
Gift of R. P. Clément Cormier, c.s.c.
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
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Keys to History

One of the very first artists to give us a picture of Evangeline was Thomas Faed (1826-1900). Born in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland, he painted her portrait in the early 1850s. The picture shows Evangeline sitting in a cemetery, near the shore, still searching for Gabriel.

This painting was reproduced as an engraving in 1855 by the artist's brother James Faed (1821-1911). Longfellow received a copy of the engraving that same year.

The highly valued picture appeared in two subsequent editions, in 1860 and 1863. The American company Currier & Ives, which was renowned for its popular engravings, also produced a version of the picture.

In the early 20th century, Faed's Evangeline was printed on postcards, which increased its popularity still further. It was even used as a commercial logo.

  • What

    The title reads as follows: "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

    This reproduction was printed by Moore McQueen & Co. of London.

  • When

    This third edition of the engraving dates from 1863.

  • Who

    The picture was also copied by the famous Canadian painter Cornelius Krieghoff (1815-72).