The Museum Collection

James Royster Miniature

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Creator: Unknown Artist
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Format: Watercolor on Card
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Source: Gift of William M. Cobb and Thomas T. Cobb
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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James Royster was the father of Poe's first fiancee, Elmira Royster (1810-1888). Mr. Royster disapproved of the relationship and broke the engagement by intercepting their letters. Miss Royster eventually married the wealthy businessman Alexander Shelton (1807-1844) instead. This miniature was given to the Poe Museum by Elmira Royster Shelton's descendants.

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