In honor of Edgar Allan Poe’s mother on the bicentennial of her death, a Richmond artist painted these two portraits of Eliza Poe. The first is closely based on the only surviving life portrait of Eliza Poe.
The second portrait was painted from the actress Debbie Phillips during one of her performances as Eliza Poe. This painting is currently hanging in the Poe Museum’s gift shop.
While taking a tour of Poe sites from South Carolina to New York, Alabama artist Jeremy Adams stopped by the Poe Museum to see the exhibits and to show us the portrait he painted of Edgar Allan Poe. When he left us, he planned to visit the Allan graves at Shockoe Hill Cemetery and Poe’s mother’s grave at St. John’s Church before heading to the Poe House and grave in Baltimore. In this photo taken in the Poe Shrine, the artist is holding the portrait of Poe he developed over the course of eight months.