inscription: on back: "Portrait of / Walt Whitman / Poet / Painted by / Wm. Kelly / 1886"
The noted American poet was born in West Hills (now Huntington), Long Island, the son of Walter Whitman and Louisa (Van Velsor) Whitman. When he was four years old the family moved to Brooklyn. Whitman pursued a newspaper career and also taught school in rural Long Island. His slim volume of verse "Leaves of Grass," first published in 1855, was immediately acclaimed and has been described as the most influential single volume of verse in American literature.
Gift of Albert Boni
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Museum & Library Map
Floor plan & visitor information
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024