The Museum Collection

Henry Herring Portrait

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Creator: Weaver
Date: 1868
Format: Oil on Panel
Source: Antoinette Smith Suiter, descendent of the subject
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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When Poe lay semiconscious in a Baltimore tavern on October 3, 1849, his uncle Henry Herring (1791-1868) refused to take him home to care for him. Instead, Poe was carried to the hospital where he died four days later. Herring would pay for Poe's coffin and was one of the seven people to attend his funeral. Herring was the husband of Poe's aunt Elizabeth Poe Herring, who was the sister of Poe's mother-in-law Maria Poe Clemm. Poe addressed several poems to Herring's daughter Elizabeth Rebecca Herring. Elizabeth Rebecca Herring's great, great, great granddaughter, Mrs. Antoinette Suiter, gave this painting to the Poe Museum on the 160th anniversary of Poe's death in 2009. The painting is signed "Weaver 1868" and is painted in oil on board over a photograph. The painting was done the year of Herring's death.