"He looked like the darkly engraved portraits which we see prefixed to old volumes of sermons"

These author portraits from collections of seventeenth-century sermons exude the brooding and somber air Hawthorne describes.

Frontispiece of LXXX Sermons preached by that Learned and Reverend Divine, Iohn Donne (1640)
Public DomainFrontispiece of LXXX Sermons preached by that Learned and Reverend Divine, Iohn Donne (1640)
Frontispiece of A Century of Sermons on Several Remarkable Subjects: preachyed by the Right Reverend Father in God., John Hacket (1675)
Public DomainFrontispiece of A Century of Sermons on Several Remarkable Subjects: preachyed by the Right Reverend Father in God., John Hacket (1675)