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Date: Probably between 1867 and 1869
Place: New York
Photographer: William Kurtz
Note: Clara Barrus said that this photograph was "taken by Kurtz in the Brooklyn Eagle office in 1873," but 1873 seems an unlikely year for any photographs, since Whitman suffered a paralytic stroke in January, was devastated further by his mother's death in May, and moved to Camden in July. Note the similarity of clothing and pose to other Kurtz photographs from this period. Clearly this photo is in Kurtz's "Rembrandt" style of shadow and light, a style he did not introduce until 1867. An engraved version of this photograph appeared in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on April 8, 1876, with the caption, "Walt Whitman-Photographed by W. Kurtz."
Type: Print
Credit: William R. Perkins Library, Duke University, Trent Collection
ID: 027

Image 027


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