Inscribed shingle from Edgar Allan Poe's cottage

Object Number: 
1936.587
Date: 
ca. 1840
Medium: 
Wood
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 x 12 x 1/4 in. ( 7.6 x 30.5 x 0.6 cm )
Marks: 
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."
Description: 
Wooden shingle in two sections with painted raven and inscription "Quoth the Raven 'Nevermore'" on one section; painted scene of cottage on the other.
Gallery Label: 
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.”
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas Olive Mabbott
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group