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Fragmentary Profile Portrait of Joseph Smith (1805-1844)

Fragmentary Profile Portrait of Joseph Smith (1805-1844)
Title
Fragmentary Profile Portrait of Joseph Smith (1805-1844)
Date 
1842
Medium 
Graphite on paper
Dimensions 
Overall: 4 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 11.7 x 3.5 cm ) mat: 14 x 11 in. ( 35.6 x 27.9 cm )
Description 
Portrait
Credit Line 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Object Number 
1957.83
Marks 
inscription: "Joe Smith of / Nauvoo / July 1842"
Inscriptions 
Inscribed at lower right in graphite: "Joe Smith of / Nauvoo / July 1842"
Gallery Label 
Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, was born in Sharon, Vermont, the son of Joseph and Lucy (Mack) Smith. He began experiencing visions in 1820, and these eventually led him to a cache of golden "plates" on a hillside near Manchester, New York. These he translated from their ancient characters and published in 1830 as "The Book of Mormon." Smith moved his flock several times because of conflicts with his neighbors; at the time this portrait was made he was living in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group