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Edgar Allan Poe's Foster Parents

John Allan

John Allan, Edgar Allan Poe's foster father, is the subject of this oil portrait on tin. This painting is attributed to Thomas Sully, who was living in Richmond in 1804, about the time the image was made. Poe took his middle name from his foster parents.

Original Author: Attributed to Thomas Sully

Created: ca. 1804

Medium: Oil on tin

Courtesy of The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe

Frances Allan

Frances Allan, Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, is the subject of this portrait created about 1828. Attributed to the artist Robert M. Sully, the painting appears to be based on an earlier work made about 1804 by his uncle, the famed Philadelphia portraitist Thomas Sully. Robert Sully was a lifelong friend of Poe.

Original Author: Robert M. Sully

Created: ca. 1828

Medium: Oil on metal

Courtesy of The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe

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  • John Allan

    John Allan, Edgar Allan Poe's foster father, is the subject of this oil portrait on tin. This painting is attributed to Thomas Sully, who was living in Richmond in 1804, about the time the image was made. Poe took his middle name from his foster parents.

    Original Author: Attributed to Thomas Sully

    Created: ca. 1804

    Medium: Oil on tin

    Courtesy of The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe

  • Frances Allan

    Frances Allan, Edgar Allan Poe's foster mother, is the subject of this portrait created about 1828. Attributed to the artist Robert M. Sully, the painting appears to be based on an earlier work made about 1804 by his uncle, the famed Philadelphia portraitist Thomas Sully. Robert Sully was a lifelong friend of Poe.

    Original Author: Robert M. Sully

    Created: ca. 1828

    Medium: Oil on metal

    Courtesy of The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe