|Found in the book, Retratos Quase Inocentes|
The blog where I found this picture is in which the author of the blog describes where the picture came from:
|photo copy of daguerrotype from above|
|Painting by Alvin Gittins|
|Sculpted by DJ Bawden in 1981, original forensic bust|
|Exact dimensional sketch from a photograph|
He eventually tracks down the man who bought the photo and writes:
Mr. Moura has said that he acquired the daguerreotype from the Armory Show in New York City in 1966. He paid 5 or 10 dollars for it. He looked it over himself, but did not see any maker’s marks on it. By comparison with other daguerreotypes, and based on the hair style, collar, suit, etc., he put it at circa 1845. As he acquired it from New York City, it is listed as: New York, c. 1845. He also has confirmed that it is an original daguerreotype, not a copy.
Even more stunning he writes:
A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a blog post entitled, Is this Joseph Smith?, which contains a quote by historian Will Bagley, who said, “Smith recorded having his picture taken in 1844.” Now, I wasn’t aware that Joseph Smith wrote down that he got his picture taken in 1844. I find the fact that the daguerreotype I saw came out of New York in 1844 to be awfully coincidental.
|Front and side view of Joseph's death mask compared with photo|
It turns out that he was unsuccessful at generating any interest from church leadership to investigate the picture. I'd like to know what you think? I think it looks 100% like Joseph's death mask.