|Oil painting by George P.A. Healy 1852/3; owned by the New Hampshire Historical Society|
According to Rita Gollin in Portraits of Nathaniel Hawthorne, "[t]his is the only Hawthorne portrait whose exact price we know. ... Franklin Pierce commissioned the painting for $1,000 in 1852, the year of his presidential campaign, when Hawthorne wrote his campaign biography"(39). Gollin also reports that Pierce exhibited the portrait in the White House throughout his administration (39).
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