The Museum Collection

"The Fall of the House of Usher" by Albert Sterner

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Creator: Albert Edward Sterner
Date: Before 1925
Format: Lithograph
Dimensions: Paper: 16" x 21.5" Image: 13" x 16"
Collection: Poe Foundation, Inc.
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publish Date: 1925


This lithograph was reprinted, much reduced in size, as an illustration on page 246 of the 1925 edition of Mary Newton Stanard's biography of Poe entitled The Dreamer. The artist, Albert Edward Sterner (1863-1945) was born in England to American parents. He lived in England and Germany before moving to Chicago between 1879 and 1882, where he painted theatre scenery, illustrated newspaper articles, and worked in the lithography business.

In 1894 and 1895, Sterner provided illustrations for a 10-volume edition of Poe's works published by Stone & Kimball of Chicago. These illustrations were reprinted in a number of later editions until 1914. Among Sterner's illustrations for the above collection was one depicting Madeline and Roderick Usher from "The Fall of the House of Usher." In the lithograph in the Poe Museum's collection, Sterner depicts a different scene from the same story