WHITMAN, WALT (1819-1892, American poet) PORTRAIT BY HENRY ULKE AND BROTHERS,
Lot 167
WHITMAN, WALT (1819-1892, American poet) PORTRAIT BY HENRY ULKE AND BROTHERS,
Sold for £540 (US$ 909) inc. premium
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WHITMAN, WALT (1819-1892, American poet)
PORTRAIT BY HENRY ULKE AND BROTHERS,
cabinet photograph, albumen print, head and shoulders, in an oval, wearing his trademark hat, photographer's stamp on verso 'Henry Ulke & Bro., No. 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C.', mounted to the oval,43/4 x 31/2 in (12.1 x 18.9 cm).

Footnotes

  • REFERENCE: Saunders, Whitman Photographs, 1939, no. 34.

    Whitman spoke of reactions to this photograph: 'Some of them say my face there has a rogue in it. [William] O'Connor called it my sea-captain face. Some newspaper got hold of a copy of the photograph and said it bore out the notion that Walt Whitman was a sensualist. I offered one to a woman in Washington. She said she'd rather have a picture that had more love in it. It's a little rough and tumble, but it's not a face I could hate.'

    Whitman was a strong advocate of photographs, preferring them to painted portraits.
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