Evangeline in Search of Gabriel

Description (Brief)
Evangeline, heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1847 epic poem, is shown in a pensive moment during her long quest to find her lost fiancé Gabriel in the pencil drawing. In the poem the lovers are separated as they are expelled by the British from French Acadia in eastern Canada only to find each other many years later as Gabriel is dying. The drawing on beige paper is signed in purplish ink “C. Schuessele” with what might be a stamp. The oil painting of this subject, titled Evangeline is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
19th century
original artist
Schussele, Christian
Physical Description
graphite (overall material)
paper (overall material)
sheet: 17.5 cm x 11.5 cm; 6 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in
support: 34 cm x 27.5 cm; 13 3/8 in x 10 13/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Nova Scotia
Ferris Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Ferris Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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