Comparing "1840s Illinois Guy" to JS Jr's Family Members
Does/Could of a Photograph of Joseph Smith Really Exist?
Whether or not a photograph exists of the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been a topic ignited into a forest fire by social media and fanned by documentaries of those passionate about being the ONE who discovered and proved that there is a photograph of the “founder of Mormonism”. In a well known letter to the Salt Lake Tribune in 1910, from Joseph Smith III (Joseph Smith Jr's eldest son) counters statements by people in SLC, that there is no where in existence an “authentic picture of [his] father”: scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5922&context=etd
Joseph Smith III references a daguerreotype being taken of his father by Lucien Foster as a basis for a painting . I theorize that Joseph possibly had his picture taken MORE than once and explore this on the link "About the Photograph". I discovered many other mentions of "pictures" of Joseph Smith, some by Alexander Smith (another son of Joseph and Emma's), who explains that Brigham Young accuses Emma Smith of taking "stealing pictures" of his father and Hyrum. Note that he does not state anything about her stealing paintings of his father from Brigham. (Autumn Leaves 14 [Lamoni, Iowa, August 1901]: 349–351)
According to one source, Emma Smith has requested, to her posterity, to not let any of her belongings end up in a museum. This might be part of the reason why a photograph was spoken of being seen by many but never become public.
I own an old photograph, a man said that he found in a Smith Family Photo Album. I analyzed his face to a an even and straight on photograph of the Joseph Smith, Dibble Death Mask, using many different artistic techniques to compare their facial features. From the naked eye you can really see incredibly similarities, but when I used a VERY simple graphic artist technique of using layers, outlining the man's features to the Dibble Death Mask, I was floored and still often am pinching myself; it's unbelievable how well even the most MINUTE wrinkles match, and I add- he just has the most beautiful and kind eyes I've ever seen in my life, so it does match up to descriptions of the man, other than that he looks buff, at least 6 foot and brushes his hair forward and well, as depicted in paintings, always covers his ears... and when you read on- few artists DID draw him with large and or protruding ears... (see www.plausiblephotographofjosephsmithjunior.com/facial-analysis.html )