poem index

Walt Whitman, c. 1863

Posted

February 21, 2019

Type

Archival Images
Printer-friendly version

This head-and-shoulders portrait of Walt Whitman was taken by Alexander Gardner in Washington, D.C., around 1863.

In Horace Traubel's With Walt Whitman in Camden (Small, Maynard, 1906), Whitman describes himself in this photograph: "How well I was then!—not a sore spot—full of initiative, vigor, joy—not much belly, but grit, fibre, hold, solidity. Indeed, all through those years—that period—I was at my best—physically at my best, mentally, every way."

Walt Whitman, by Gardner, 1863

Reprinted from the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

collected in

collection
Images of the famous poet throughout his life.