Inscribed shingle from Edgar Allan Poe's cottage
Overall: 3 x 12 x 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 30.5 x 0.6 cm )
painted: "EDGAR ALLEN POE'S/ COTTAGE/ FORDHAM, N.Y."; "Larise B. Dodge./ 1896" handwritten: on paper label affixed to reverse: "Shingle from Poe's Cottage./ Poe's Cottage before Poe Park/ was laid out."
Wooden shingle in two sections with painted raven and inscription "Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore'" on one section; painted scene of cottage on the other.
Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in The Bronx at Poe Cottage, now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse. A small wooden farmhouse built about 1812, the cottage once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. It was a bucolic setting in which the great writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.”
Gift of Thomas Olive Mabbott
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