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Date: Probably 1854
Place: Unknown, probably New York
Photographer: Unknown, probably Gabriel Harrison
Note: Walt Whitman's friend, Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke, called this "the Christ likeness," and saw signs here of Whitman's illumination, the "moment this carpenter too became seer. . . and he saw and knew the Spirit of God." Bucke believed that "something of this spiritual elevation can still be seen" in this photo.
Type: Daguerreotype (quarter plate, 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches)
Credit: New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, Rare Books Division
ID: 005

Image 005


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