Walt Whitman as a Nurse in the Civil War

Print by Ansel Adams, American, 1902 - 1984. Negative by Mathew B. Brady, American, 1823 - 1896.

Geography:
Made in United States, North and Central America

Date:
c. 1861-1864 (negative); c. 1950-55 (print)

Medium:
Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:
Image: 8 15/16 x 6 1/2 inches (22.7 x 16.5 cm) Mount: 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

Copyright:
© The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
1997-146-130

Credit Line:
From the Collection of Dorothy Norman, 1997

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Brady took this portrait during the years Walt Whitman served as a volunteer wound dresser in the hospitals of Washington, D.C., during the Civil War. Whitman's writings about his visits were published in a New York newspaper in December 1864, where he wrote that "the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship . . . does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world."