Emily Dickinson, 16 years old, 1846-47 (Amherst College Archives)
Daguerreotype taken around 1859 (Amherst College Archives)
This daguerreotype showing two women belongs to a collector who bought it in a group of items from a Springfield junk dealer in 1995. After years of study, he was able to confirm (thanks to two moles on her chin under either side of her mouth) that the sitter on the right was Mrs. Kate Scott Turner Anthon, a school friend of Sue Gilbert Dickinson, wife of Emily’s brother Austin. Austin and Sue lived in the house next door to Emily, and Kate stayed with them several times starting in January of 1859. She struck up a close friendship with Emily, as their extant correspondence attests to, until they had a falling out about a year later (www.thehistoryblog.com).
Albumen photo (collection of Philip F. Gura)
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