Edgar Allan Poe Meets GQ

A new portrait shows the poet in a more flattering light

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    Haunted Poe is sure to be just as creepy as this photo of the man himself.

    Edgar Allan Poe would not grace the covers of GQ magazine if he were still alive today. But a new portrait shows a more charming side of the writer.

    On Saturday a small watercolor of Poe will be revealed in Baltimore as part of Poe’s birthday celebration. The portrait shows Poe sitting at a desk with pen and paper in hand. Apparently the mustache is not there and we even catch an attempt at a smile.

    The AP describes it in more detail:

    Poe sits at a desk with pen and paper in hand, seemingly at the height of his creative powers. His upper lip is clean-shaven, though he sports long, bushy sideburns. And there's the slightest hint of a smile on his face.

    "It actually represents Poe as he appeared to his contemporaries -- a handsome, sophisticated young man on the rise," said Cliff Krainik, the owner of the portrait and a Poe scholar.  "The daguerreotypes show him in his rather dissipated state, where he has gone through the difficulties of his life."

    This artwork by A.C. Smith is one of a kind. It’s one of just three existing portraits of Poe. The owner plans to sell the picture for $30,000 to $50,000. That’s a conservative estimate according to Krainik.