"The Courtship of Miles Standish"   Lot no. 3053

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By Howard Chandler Christy (American- 1873-1952)

1902 (Estimated)
34.50" x 26.50"
Pencil and Wash on Paperboard
Signed and Dated 'Howard Chandler Christy 1902' (lower left)



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's narrative poem The Courtship of Miles Standish originally published in 1858 tells the story of the love triangle between John Alden, Miles Standish and Priscilla Mullins during the early days of the Plymouth Colony. Longfellow was a descendant of John Alden. The present work illustrates the scene in the poem where John admires Priscilla spinning:

“Truly, Priscilla,” he said, “when I see you spinning and spinning, 
Never idle a moment, but thrifty and thoughtful of others, 
Suddenly you are transformed, are visibly changed in a moment; 
You are no longer Priscilla, but Bertha the Beautiful Spinner.”
(H.W. Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1902, p. 134)
Please note this work is sold and shipped framed



H.W. Longfellow, The Courtship of Miles Standish, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1902, p. 134, illustrated.

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