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Classical Furniture at Longfellow House: The Nathan Appleton Connection

This event is presented by an affiliate institution. When Henry W. Longfellow married Fanny Appleton in 1843, he married into one of the wealthiest families in Boston. Her father, the mercantile - manufacturer Nathan Appleton, purchased not only the Craigie-Longfellow House for her, he commissioned a substantial group of furniture in Boston as part of her wedding dowry. He also gave her at least three superb pieces he had commissioned twenty years earlier for his grand house in Boston on Beacon Street. Recent research has now identified both groups of furniture in the Longfellow House collection. Despite the couple's marriage at the dawn of the "Romantic" era, both sets of furniture are in the earlier Classical style, made by Boston’s finest cabinetmakers of two eras, George Archbald and Isaac Vose. The superb work of both craftsmen can now be revealed as key features of the domestic lives of Longfellow and his wife. Co-hosted by the James M. Shea Lecture Series and Lesley University. The reception starts at 6:00PM and the lecture starts at 7:00PM.

Additionally, there is an open house from 4:30PM to 5:30PM at Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, located at 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Presented by Robert Mussey
Co-hosted by Lesley University

September 26, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lesley University, Sherrill Library
89 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Please RSVP at 617-876-4491.