This post is slightly similar to the previous post, in that the artist, W.L. Dodge, seems to have painted two versions of the same painting—here illustrating a passage from Longfellow's Hiawatha. Only in this case, they are so similar, one can wonder if they are the same painting, but reworked. The differences are very subtle, but the difference that stands out the most is the quiver on Hiawatha's back.
This is getting confusing, trying to explain this, but the one on top is the later painting scanned from a very old book, barely past the time it was painted. The bottom painting, painted earlier, is scanned from a recent art book. So it's possible that reproduction methods could account for the difference, except that details like the quiver and slight other differences say otherwise.
Regardless, either painting — associated with the excerpt of poem by Longfellow — touches my heart. Only, well, 7 days is a long time under the circumstances.
William de Leftwich Dodge — The Death of Minnehaha — 1887
William de Leftwich Dodge — The Death of Minnehaha — 1885
And he rushed into the wigwam,
Saw the old Nokomis
slowly rocking to and fro moaning,
Saw his lovely Minnehaha
Lying dead and cold before him.
Then he sat down still and speechless,
On the bed of Minnehaha,
At the feet of Laughing Water,
At those willing feet, that never more
Would lightly run to meet him,
Never more would lightly follow.
With both hands his face he covered,
Seven long days and nights he sat there,
As if in a swoon he sat there,
Speechless, motionless, unconscious
Of the daylight or the darkness.
— HW Longfellow's 'Hiawatha'