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1997-412
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton
Book
The Poetical works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Edward Austin Abbey
1879, 19th century
Paper
5.3 x 25.6 x 31.7 cm
Gift of Laurie Landry
1997-412
This artefact belongs to : © Musée acadien of the Université de Moncton

Keys to History:

Gabriel Lajeunesse is Evangeline's childhood friend. He is the son of Basil, the Grand Pré blacksmith. The children grow up as brother and sister, but when they reach adolescence, they fall in love and become inseparable.

Then the day of their betrothal arrives. Notary René LeBlanc records that Evangeline's dowry consists of flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. The young woman adds to it woollen and linen cloth she has woven herself, as proof of her skill.

The following day a celebration is held in honour of the young couple. Guests from the surrounding area gather at the Bellefontaines' to enjoy music, dancing and a feast.

What:

This engraving illustrates Evangeline and Gabriel's engagement party at Benedict Bellefontaine's. It is taken from the book The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

Where:

The book was published in Boston, Massachusetts.

When:

The book's date of publication was 1879.

Who:

The illustrator Edward Austin Abbey was born in Philadelphia in 1852 and died in London in 1911. He had a very active career, chiefly in London.

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