The Museum Collection

Edgar Allan Poe Portrait Owned by Elmira Royster Shelton

ID #: 1979.26.3
Creator: The Lee Gallery, Richmond VA
Date: After 1868
Format: Albumen Print Carte De Visite
Dimensions: 4" x 2.5"
Source: Gift of Thomas T. Cobb and William M. Cobb
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
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This albumen print photograph of Oscar Halling's ca.1868 pastel drawing of Edgar Allan Poe was once owned by Elmira Royster Shelton (1810-1888), the woman to whom Poe was engaged at the time of his death. A wealthy Richmond widow, Mrs. Shelton never remarried after Poe's death and is known to have owned at least one other photograph (an 1849 daguerreotype) of Poe. She would have acquired the present photograph almost twenty years after Poe's death.

The photograph was presented to the Poe Museum, along with a daguerreotype of Mrs. Shelton, by her descendants in 1979.