Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Bowdoin College student portrait [ca. 1825].
Typically, students sat for silhouette portraits, much as later students sat for photographic portraits, to document their student days. Multiple copies of the silhouette, produced from black paper cut on a metal dye, would be distributed or exchanged and often bound together in personalized small square volumes. For Hawthorne’s “Class of 1825,” silhouettes survive for all members of the class except for Horatio Bridge’s and Stephen Longfellows, for whom no silhouettes are known to exist. (caption courtesy of Bowdoin College Library, Special Collections) (courtesy of Nathaniel Hawthorne Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine)
Hawthorne plaque in sidewalk at 97 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME (2007) This plaque is part of a literary arts walk created in 2007 to commemorate notable Brunswick writers.
The Bowdoin website features two stories about the plaque (http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/004526.shtml and http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/003753.shtml). (photography by David McClure)