Emily Dickinson Photo Emerges - Taken With Her ’Lover’ (?)
Amherst, Mass. -- Scholars at Amherst College in Massachusetts believe a collector may have what would be just the second known photo of Emily Dickinson.
The college says the collector, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought the photo in 1995 in Springfield. He brought it to the college’s archive and special collections staff in 2007, and they’ve been researching it since.
Last month, it was publicly shown during the Emily Dickinson International Society conference in Cleveland, Ohio.
The daguerreotype, dated around 1859, appears to show Dickinson sitting next to a friend, Kate Scott Turner.
There’s strong evidence it’s Dickinson, including comparisons of high-resolution digital images of the newer photo with the known image, from 1847, said Mike Kelly, head of the archive and special collections department at Amherst College.
Kelly said perhaps the best evidence is an ophthalmological report that compared similarities in the eyes and facial features of the women in the photos. "I believe strongly that these are the same people," concluded the doctor who wrote the report. Researchers are also trying to get higher resolution pictures of the dress in the picture, to see if it matches fabric samples known to belong to Dickinson.