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Fragmentary Profile Portrait of Joseph Smith (1805-1844)

Object Number: 
Graphite on paper
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 )
inscription: "Joe Smith of / Nauvoo / July 1842"
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.
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group